Every year, on the last Saturday of March, in hundreds of countries around the world the lights are turned off in millions of homes or offices. The symbolic campaign launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and its partners reminds us of the importance of nature conservation. Georgia along with the rest of the world will join the “Earth Hour” event on March 27, between 20:30 and 21:30 Tbilisi time. Nature lovers will show their support by temporarily turning off the lights in their rooms, talking about the importance of environmental protection on social networks.
The history of Earth Hour dates back to 2007, when the lights went out in Sydney as part of a movement. Over time, Earth Hour has become one of the largest events ever attended by more than 190 countries. However, its meaning goes beyond symbolically turning off the light for an hour. By doing so, the focus turns on to an important challenge the world faces today: the loss of nature.
Earth Hour 2021 focuses on climate change, nature conservation, and sustainable development, which is vital to the planet’s survival. Significant changes can be achieved through joint actions. Anyone who cares about our planet can participate in Earth Hour.
Due to the limitations of Covid-19, most of the world celebrates the Earth Hour 2021 virtually. This event will bring together millions of people in the virtual world and once again remind them of the importance of protecting nature. Georgia has been participating in this global initiative for 13 years running, and this year will also virtually join the Earth Hour celebrations. This year, Georgia launched a website dedicated especially to this date: Earthhour.ge which unites nature activists of Georgia.
„Caring about earth and nature is becoming ever more important. The Covid-19 pandemic once again confirmed, how uncontrollable consequences can be, when we do not take care of the environment together. “Earth Hour” is an important message for the entire world, which unites millions of people around the subject of caring about nature. Every single one of us can contribute to this by taking small steps every day, such as using biodegradable items, using eco-friendly transport, using water, energy and other resources optimally, and recycling waste among other things. these small steps ultimately lead to big changes. Therefore, it is important that we understand just how big a change we can make by acting individually together. “ Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Event organizers: WWF, Ministr of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, CENN, Environmental Protection Information and Education Centre, Marketer, National Geographic Magazine – Georgia, National Museum of Georgia.