Yes- You need to observe Earth Hour too
Almost imperceptibly, Earth Hour has been a significant achiever that brings into focus the environment. With its humble beginning 2007, Earth Hour today marks its presence across the seven continents, 190 countries, and an international space station. The Earth Hour is less about the hour itself but a lot about Earth. All of us matter. And so does Mother Earth.
Clean energy future: the solution to Climate Change and Air Pollution
India is home to 21 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities and climate change and air pollution are one of the biggest environmental issues today. This Earth Hour we focus on the solution to these issues, by embracing clean tech innovation, strengthening our resolve to protect nature and move towards a more sustainable pathway.
Speak Up for the feathers in your backyard
This Earth Hour we speak up for the sparrows which is vanishing alarmingly across the world, and how we can still save it. Any change in the health of an ecosystem is indicated by a change in biodiversity – the decline in sparrow population is one such indication that the health of the environment in Delhi is deteriorating. Covid-19 has shown that human health and that of the environment are intricately linked. Each of us is responsible for the health of the environment and need to do our bit for protecting and conserving nature. Earth Hour is a reminder that we need to speak up for Nature, the whole year around!
Our ancestors saved water too, it is time we do our bit
From Tamil Nadu to Rajasthan, India has several indigenous water systems that have worked for centuries. As water runs out, we need to return to nature-based solutions. The story highlights the centuries-old system in Tamil Nadu that can teach India how to save water again. As you switch off your lights to raise awareness about climate change, this Earth Hour also speak up for your heritage and speak up for nature-based solutions that have served us well for time immemorial.
There is a cost to losing our wildlife
We tend to forget that wildlife and natural resources are mostly irreplaceable and cannot be bought. Wildlife conservation needs to be prioritised, and development plans at country, state and district levels need to take cognisance of wildlife needs. This Earth Hour, we Speak Up to raise awareness for collective action to protect our wondrous wildlife.
Acting against indoor pollution and fuelwood load
Buddha Bir Tamang, a 36-year-old resident from Yalli village in East Sikkim, states that the ‘chulha’(Improved Cookstove) has reduced his household’s firewood consumption by nearly half. A WWF India initiative in the Red panda habitat in the Eastern Himalayas. Made with locally sourced materials, Improved Cookstove uses up to 50 per cent less firewood and a reduction in indoor pollution levels. This Earth Hour, we take a step forward to expand further and popularise the innovative cookstove.
How can I consume better?
More than 120 billion units of beauty packaging are produced globally every year and one dump truck full of plastic waste enters our ocean every minute. If this continues, by 2050, a sea of fish will change into a sea of plastics. It’s never too late to switch to sustainable choices and making mindful moves on how you consume. This Earth Hour let’s get together and share the responsibility to make better choices as consumer by speaking up for nature.
Conservation and Communities, Working hand in hand
In Manas National Park (Assam), the conservation success story involving the greater one-horned rhino is closely interlinked with community development. This Earth Hour, we celebrate the contribution of the community people who are the frontline conservationists and taking inspiration from their collective action at the grassroots level, to speak up for nature.