THE people of Thailand are invited to show their solidarity with the rest of the world by observing Earth Hour 2015 on Saturday and supporting global efforts to combat climate change. Campaign participants will voluntarily switch off all their lights for one hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm local time on Saturday.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Foundation for Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (Thailand) and other agencies will host the event at the main campaign venue at CentralWorld in Bangkok.
Until then, people can “rehearse” switching off their lights online at http://www.PidFai.com, created by WWF Thailand, which also gives more information about making changes for a better climate.
WWF Thailand has also organised the “We Love Cities” or “Earth Hour Challenge 2015” programmes to promote outstanding cities using sustainable environment-friendly practices.
These activities serve as reminders of the importance of a global climate deal in Paris this December, when the United Nations will attempt to secure an international agree-ment to cut down carbon emissions, said Sudhanshu Sarronwala, |chairman of Earth Hour Global.
“Climate change is not just the issue of the hour, it’s the issue of our generation. Earth Hour is the world’s most enduring people’s movement focused on climate. The lights may go out for [only] one hour, but the actions of millions throughout the year will inspire the solutions required to change [prevent] climate change,” he said.
The world’s most famous landmarks will once again go dark during Earth Hour, and supporters will use the hour to promote climate-change solutions. From “Earth Hour Loans” that support solar-power installation to “Earth Hour Forests” aimed at fighting deforestation, Earth Hour is at the centre of global grass-roots efforts supporting renewable energy, climate-friendly legislation, education and environmentally responsible business practices, he said.
In 2014 alone, Earth Hour supporters raised funds to plant millions of trees, promote the use of fuel-efficient stoves and reduce the carbon footprint of thousands of schools.
“Climate change knows no borders, and neither does the crowd. WWF’s climate movement is powered by people, has massive reach and is pursuing an urgent purpose in demanding climate action,” Sudhanshu said.
Since 2007, Earth Hour has mobilised businesses, organisations, governments and hundreds of millions of people in more than 7,000 cities in 162 countries to act for a sustainable future.