March, 2022, Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, is set to unite millions of people once again around the world to show their commitment to the planet. As we continue adapting our lives to the impacts of COVID-19 and the catastrophic events of the past two years, Earth Hour 2022 aims to signal the end of “business as usual” and herald a new era that puts people and the planet first.
In Nepal, Earth Hour as a movement has grown up from small scale initiatives such as plantation, candle lighting and awareness raising programs to mass transformational events reaching thousands of people and billions of social media impressions. The movement has always encouraged pro-environment values and acts for lasting impacts.
Akin to the past two years, Earth Hour Nepal was marked digitally this year as well through an one and half hour long event that provided a key moment for people to unite and show their commitments to the planet. Complementing the global theme of Earth Hour 2022 “Shape Our Future”, the digital event cashed in on various creative mediums such as theatre performance and poetry along with an insightful talk session amongst distinguished guests that included Her Excellency Nona Deprez, EU Ambassador to Nepal, Dr. Sindhu Dhungana, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Forests and Environment, and Dr. Sunita Chaudhary, Ecosystem Services Specialist from ICIMOD to instigate meaningful conversation and raise awareness on the far-reaching impacts of climate change.
Her Excellency Nona Deprez, on the behalf of European Union shared, “We commend Nepal for its ambitious goal of achieving carbon-neutrality by 2045 and are willing to extend support in terms of investing in new technologies to successfully transit to renewable energy. We look forward to working together and exchanging learnings to move towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions”
Dr. Sindhu Prasad Dhungana, further added, “Nature-based, community-based and gender-responsive solutions are the three major approaches that can ensure the protection of 'biodiversity, planet, and people, if adopted properly.”
Dr. Sunita Chaudhary, stated “Climate disasters are transboundary in nature and therefore it is necessary to promote regional cooperation through knowledge generation, resources mobilization, technical innovation and capacity development for disaster risks management.”
Dr. Ghana S. Gurung, Country Representative for WWF Nepal shared, “Only a protected environment can provide us with the resources and environmental services required for us to live happily and for the entire humanity to thrive as all sentient beings are interdependent and therefore interconnected. Earth Hour 2022, as a movement, aims to provide a platform for people to unite and encourages individual and collective actions to shape our future.”
Meanwhile, Crystal Mountain School from Dolpa was announced as the winner of “Earth Hour School Innovation Challenge” during the event. The School Innovation Challenge, which is a part of Earth Hour Nepal is an annual program that aims to promote innovation and conservation values among the younger generation. Crystal Mountain School, Dolpa and Shree Terse Secondary School from Sindhupalchowk bagged the first runner up and second runner up positions, respectively.
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is WWF's flagship global environmental movement. Born in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations in more than 190 countries and territories to take tangible environmental action. Historically, Earth Hour has focused on the climate crisis, but more recently, Earth Hour has strived to also bring the pressing issue of nature loss to the fore. The aim is to create an unstoppable movement for nature, as it did when the world came together to tackle climate change. The movement recognizes the role of individuals in creating solutions to the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges and harnesses the collective power of its millions of supporters to drive change. Earth Hour is kindly supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI
), as a part of the project “Scaling up Biodiversity Communication”.
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