Earth Hour 2019 is happening this Saturday March 30. This event that makes thousands of peoples’ and thousands of iconic monument’s lights go off. As it happens every year, the event gives Nature pride of place.
Everywhere throughout the world, WWF asks the whole civil society, from citizens to companies without forgetting the local collectivities and governments, to think about how precious our planet is and that it’s vital to protect it.
This year, for the first time, WWF will hold a live talkj-show between 8 p.m. and 8:35 p.m. at the foot of the Eiffel Tower! Indeed, this Saturday March 30, at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower from 8 p.m.: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, WWF France general manager Pascal Canfin, Minister of solidarity-based and ecological transition François de Rugy and Agence Française de la Biodiversity [French Agency for Biodiversity] deputy manager Stéphanie Antoine will talk about the different issues related to nature protection and biodiversity on the occasion of an innovative talk-show. At 8:30 p.m., the Eiffel Tower will be turned off!
Do a gesture of solidarity by coming under the Eiffel Tower or by spending one hour in the dark, like billions of people around the globe!
Many projects to protect the environment are already planned for Saturday March 30, 2019: in Kenya, where 1 billion trees will be planted to restore the forest cover of the country by 2030, in Ecuador, where capital Quito could be a plastic-free city; or even in Malaysia where a domestic petition will be launched to put tiger protection on the government's agenda.
Initiated in 2007 by WWF to raise awareness, especially those of the decision-makers, Earth Hour first took Sydney into the dark. In 2012, hundreds of million people in about 4000 cities and 126 countries turned off their lights for one hour. This year, we count 154 countries joining the movement. Across the world, lights will be turned off: the Eiffel Tower, like the Empire State Building, the Gizeh pyramids, Rome’s Coliseum, Rio’s Christ the Redeemer, Athena’s Acropolis, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Forbidden City… Thousands of prestigious monuments will be turned off for this event.
Beyond the symbolic gesture that turning lights off for sixty minutes is, Earth Hour participants are also invited to join the movement launched by WWF in the world to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. You need to know that by adopting simple and automatic gestures, like thousands of other people, you can save energy while preserving the environment. And this without harming your daily comfort!
Alright, alright, I see you coming: “it does nothing, an hour of black out will not reduce global warming!” Of course not, but let’s be clear, this global event simply aims at raise awareness so that each and everyone of us can ensure one’s future. The goal is not to switch electricity off but simply turn the light off (or the ones not vital: goodbye red lights and other street lights…) to be seen.
Did you know that between 1970 and 2014, vertebrate populations - fishes, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles - dropped by 60% on the world scale? This decrease equals 89% in tropics, South America and Central Americal. If we were paying for fresh air, drinkable water, food, the cost would be about 125,000 billion dollars per year, which is more than the world GDP (80,000 billion dollars a year). Intensive farming, soil deterioration, intensive fishing, climate change, plastic pollution: the main threats weighing today on biodiversity - degradation and lost of their environments, excessive exploitation - are related to human activities.
So, this Saturday March 30, 2019, let’s raise our collective awareness.
On 30 March 2019
75007 Paris 7
Métro ligne 6 ou 9 station "Trocadéro", ligne 6 station "Bir-Hakeim", RER C station "Champ de MArs - Tour Eiffel"
Partout dans le monde, on éteint nos lumières !