Famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour — the worldwide movement uniting people to protect the planet — is just a few days away from us. Organised by WWF, the event has grown “to engage over 7,000 cities and towns worldwide” since its inception. Nepal is also making preparations to celebrate this “largest global mo-vement for the planet” on March 29.
Unlike the global trend of Earth Hour where people switch off lights for an hour, Nepal will be lighting butter lamps on the day as a part of its celebration. On the same occasion, WWF Nepal is planning to recruit at least 1,000 members under its ‘The Generation Green’ campaign “so that we can provide an incentive and mechanism for the youth under the campaign to use their power and become a super hero for the planet” as per Simrika Sharma Marasini, Senior Communications Officer at WWF Nepal.
The organisation will also be holding a number of activities on the premises of Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. Signing up to WWF’s The Generation Campaign by as many as 1,000 youth starting from 3:00 pm, formal event — live acoustic performance by folk band Kutumba together with live art, slam poetry et cetera starting from 6:00 pm are the event’s highlights.
Besides celebrating the event just for a day, “Earth Hour today shifts from an event to a movement through ‘Earth Hour Blue’ to mobilise an interconnected global community for the sustainable planet,” states Sharma Marasini.
And the involvement of Hollywood stars like Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in Earth Hour Blue project indicate the same. Garfield is backing an Earth Hour Blue project ‘A Flame Called Hope’ to provide biogas to 100 households in Nepal.
Meanwhile, Stone is supporting ‘Puppy Protectors’ project, that aims to train sniffer dog puppies and their handlers to track animals, find wildlife crime scenes, detect illegal trade items, and chase down poachers with the rangers on the frontlines of Chitwan National Park.
source: Himalayan Times, 27 Mar 2014