A hundred and seventy countries, including Pakistan, will observe the 12th Earth Hour 2019 on March 30 (today), between 8.30 to 9.30pm local time, and participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) effort to show global commitment to the planet.
Each year, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to switch off non-essential lights and observe Earth Hour in an effort to advocate action for climate change.
WWF-Pakistan will hold special events to commemorate Earth Hour at National Assembly, Islamabad, Frere Hall, Karachi and Emporium Mall, Lahore.
Non-essential lights in 40 landmark buildings in Karachi, including the Chief Minister House, Mazar-e-Quiad, Karachi Airport and Expo Centre will be turned off to observe Earth Hour between 8:30 and 9:30 PM.
Karachi’s electricity utility company has partnered with WWF-Pakistan to spread awareness for climate change.
Apart from Earth Hour events hosted all over the world, WWF has set up a three-step call to action for citizens all over the world, as a part of their effort to take part in Earth Hour activities:
Switch off extra lights, because this not only saves power but helps conserve water as well.
Plant an indigenous tree. Avoid exotic species which don’t help our ecosystem. Indigenous species are attuned to our soil type, help clean our air and provide a home to our bird species.
Say no to plastic bags. Plastics are a major chunk of our solid waste and pose a threat to our wildlife as well.