Global Communities Gather As One For The Digital Celebration Of This Year’s Earth Hour
As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, the annual “lights out” event was held to unite people from 190 countries in an effort to save the planet for our future.
Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, people from 190 countries came together as one on the Internet for this year’s celebration of Earth Hour, which was made possible by environmental conservation organization World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.
For Marco Lambertini, WWF International’s Director General, the global pandemic served as a driving force for them to call for unity in these trying times. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives from the COVID-19 outbreak and our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones or who are sick. In this hour of crisis, we need to unite now more than ever to safeguard our future and the future of our planet,” he said, adding it’s about time we “respond to challenges more creatively and work more collaboratively, which is why Earth Hour is being marked through digital events across the globe.”
While Singapore and Australia launched a virtual concert featuring singers, comedians, and environmental experts, South Africa started a digital project called “Power to the People” that sheds light on the different sources of energy.
In the Philippines, WWF Philippines National Ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez teamed up for an Instagram show, where they talked about the environment, climate change, and volunteerism. After the “lights out” event, the org hosted a viewing party of nature docu-series Our Planet, which was completed through a special tie-up among Netflix, Silverback Films, and the WWF International network.
At the online affair, President Rodrigo Duterte sent a message of support to the initiative, saying, “As a developing country that is no stranger to destructive natural calamities, it is imperative to ensure that we are proactive and responsive in addressing the environmental changes confronting us.”
Vice President Leni Robredo likewise highlighted the importance of taking urgent action to fight climate change. “Polar ice caps are melting, species are disappearing from the planet forever, and the weather continues to change because of human activity,” she said, later expressing hope for our environment. “But all is not lost, and if we come together now, a solution can be found.”
As they continue on with their pledge to protect the planet and conserve natural resources, WWF is hopeful they can pave the way for the solution to environmental concerns with governments, businesses, and individuals by their side. “Let Earth Hour be the time that our interconnectedness shine through as we raise our voices in solidarity to care for one another and for our shared home. It is imperative that we sustain these positive actions beyond the hour that we may #ChangeTheEnding for our collective future,” Atty. Angela Ibay, Earth Hour Pilipinas National Director and Head of the Climate Change and Energy Programme of WWF Philippines, concluded.