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- Earth Hour is commemorated annually on the last Saturday of the month of March.
- The event is an initiate of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
- The event urges people to switch off their non-essential lights for one hour at 8:30 pm (local time).
New Delhi: Earth Hour, an initiate of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is observed annually on the last Saturday of the month of March. This year, the event will be commemorated on March 27. It urges individuals, businesses, and governments across the world to switch off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour at 8:30 pm (local time), with the aim to raise awareness towards the need to protect nature for building a sustainable future for all.
Human civilizations are built on the pillars of natural resources – both biotic and abiotic. As anthropogenic activities harm nature, new possibilities emerge for catastrophic environmental events and the expansion of zoonoses – contagious diseases caused by pathogens hosted by animals – such as COVID-19. Scientific evidence shows that unsustainable exploitation of nature is responsible for recent extreme weather events and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, this year’s Earth Hour should act as a wake-up call and an encouragement for all of us to re-examine our relationship with nature.
Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International says, ”2021 is a crucial year for humanity. As the world tries to turn the tide and recover from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild itself, we need to put nature at the centre of our recovery efforts to future proof our economies and societies. Earth Hour is a critical moment for individuals, leaders, and environmentalists to unite and call for urgent action to reverse nature loss and secure a nature-positive world by 2030.”
Let’s unite this Earth Hour for a heathy planet
This year, let’s seize the opportunity to galvanise world policymakers to bring in transformative changes for biodiversity conservation and sustainability promotion for creating a future of life in harmony with Mother Nature. United Nations Biodiversity Conference meetings are scheduled to be held in China in a few months time. World leaders, in these meetings, will make 10-year plans to reverse the loss of biodiversity and its harmful impact on people and ecosystems. By coming together for nature this Earth Hour, we can symbolically express our commitment to end the degradation of nature, and influence decisions that will be taken in the crucial UN Biodiversity Conference meetings.