In the midst of the global COVID-19 health crisis, Earth Hour 2020 marks a moment of solidarity for the planet and continues to raise awareness and inspire action for nature.
On Saturday, 28 March at 8:30pm, Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, will once again unite millions around the world to show their commitment to the planet.
This year is a critical one for the environment. Global commitments will be made for climate and nature and these decisions will affect the health of our planet and our future.
In light of growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the WWF is encouraging supporters to share their voice for nature online and observe Earth Hour from their own homes to ensure social distancing.
How to participate
- Turn off all non-essential lights at 8:30pm
- Encourage your friends and family to participate at home or virtually
- Share your voice online and tag WWF in your social media posts
At its core #EarthHour has always been about the power of the people. During these times, whilst we may not be able to get together in person, we can still symbolically stand in solidarity with millions of others across the world from the comfort of our own homes🏡(1/3) pic.twitter.com/UJLmgCaqzG— Earth Hour Official (@earthhour) March 21, 2020
Megan Leslie, president and CEO of WWF-Canada, said: “Earth Hour is an opportunity to unplug and draw attention to the climate and biodiversity crises in Canada and around the world. It has been a critical year for nature.
“It is the planet’s life support system but also a key ally against climate change, which is why it is so important that we make commitments that conserve and strengthen nature. By participating in Earth Hour 2020, you’ll be showing your support for nature and our planet.”
DEWA supports Earth Hour
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will be observing the event and has asked its customers and the community to show their support for the cause.
“Dubai was the first Arab city to observe Earth Hour in 2008, which underlines its leading role in hosting and supporting events and initiatives that raise public awareness on environmental issues. We urge customers and all society to take part in Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change and global warming, as well as promotes a culture of conservation and protecting natural resources as part of the daily routine,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“Earth Hour goes beyond turning off unnecessary lights and appliances for 60 minutes. The ultimate goal is to raise environmental responsibility among society and organisations, and pledge to protect Planet Earth and its limited natural resources. This is done by adopting a sustainable lifestyle and emphasising the importance of unifying efforts and joint work to face environmental challenges for a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come,” added Al Tayer.
Dubai has achieved important results in reducing electricity consumption in Earth Hour 2019.
DEWA recorded savings of 267MW in electricity use in the Emirate, equivalent to a reduction of 114 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The public can pledge to protect Planet Earth and reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming and climate change on DEWA’s website http://www.dewa.gov.ae and on social media using the hashtags #EarthHourDubai, #Connect2Earth and #raise_your_voice