Earth Hour Nepal 2015: Celebrate the Hour in the Face of Loadshedding

Today Nepal will be joining cities around the world in going dark for 60 minutes at 8:30 p.m. local time to mark the ninth annual Earth Hour, an international lights off event. This year’s campaign is focused on raising awareness on climate change which is threatening our food, energy and water.

In Kathmandu, the event will be initiated from Kathmandu Durbar Square 5 pm on wards featuring 1974 AD. The event speaks out to the youth to take concerted actions to change climate change through simple green actions. The event also ties in WWF Nepal’s youth campaign and The Green Generation. Various artists including Miss Nepal 2014, WWF Nepal’s Young Conservation Ambassador, Subin Limbu and mentor of The Generation Green, Anil Shah, will be joining the Earth Hour movement with commitment towards saving the planet. Let the world know that you are on the front-line against climate change!
Use #yourpower to save the planet! More details can be found here.

Kathmandu during night, Picture: kathmandu.com

What is Earth Hour?

Earth hour was started by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a lights off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it is observed on the last Saturday of March each year raising environmental awareness. Hundreds of millions of people in more than 172 countries and over 7000 cities engage by switching of their lights, uniting globally for a cause.

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Why Earth Hour Nepal? We have load-shedding..

Nepal is one of many countries facing the problem of energy. In the amidst of load-shedding, why do we need earth hour?
Earth Hour is a cause aimed at keeping our collective attention focused on unsustainable resource use and showing that we are united to save our planet. It is to be pointed that Earth Hour in itself doesn’t make significant contribution to energy saving. Although turning off lights is not just a symbolic gesture, a 2014 study published in Energy Research and Social Science found that there was on average 4% drop in electricity consumption during the Hour.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, on the importance of the Earth Hour said,

“Earth Hour shows what is possible when we unite in support of a cause: no individual action is too small, no collective vision is too big. This is the time to use your power,”

“Earth Hour is a way for the citizens of the world to send a clear message that they want action on climate change.”

Let this hour lead to a change to the rest 8759 hours, after all “The earth is what we all have in common.”

Highlights from Eath Hour 2015.