Mobilising Millions for Nature
NEW ZEALAND, 5 March 2020 – On Saturday, 28 March at 8:30 p.m., businesses, organisations, cities, and individuals across New Zealand are switching off their lights for one hour for Earth Hour — one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment engaging millions of people around the globe in over 180 countries and territories.
“After a decade long hiatus, Earth Hour is coming back to Aotearoa. As the first nation to mark Earth Hour, let’s show the rest of the world how it’s done! As an island nation, a food producing nation - a healthy planet is the only way to secure our future. Let us all switch off, to switch on a brighter future!” says WWF-New Zealand CEO Livia Esterhazy.
Some of the world’s most iconic landmarks - the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House - are switching off their lights in solidarity for Earth Hour. From your living room lamp to Auckland’s Sky Tower - all are joining thousands of the world’s landmarks by ‘going dark.’
2020 is a year of action. It’s not just the symbolic action - supporters can also add their voice for nature online at Voice for the Planet. These signatures will be presented to world leaders at critical global conferences taking place this year to help secure a New Deal for Nature and People to address nature loss, reverse environmental decline, and safeguard all of our futures.
Now, more than ever, it is crucial to raise awareness about the threats facing our environment.
“The global rate of nature loss during the past 50 years is unprecedented in human history, threatening human lives and well-being,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International. ‘’The services provided by nature are estimated to be worth US$125 trillion a year – double the world’s GDP - and without nature’s resources, the businesses and services we depend on will fail. Nature also benefits us by providing our food, water and clean air, and is one of our strongest allies against climate change. It is vital that we add our Voice for the Planet to press for a New Deal for Nature and People in 2020 for a sustainable future for all.”
You can be a part of shaping history — and our future — by signing up to take part in Earth Hour Aotearoa at www.earthhour.org.nz. Together, it’s possible to secure a healthy, sustainable, and fairer future for all.