18 Mar Ségolène Royal, COP president, mobilized to promote “Earth hour”
Three months after COP21, the “Earth Hour” event mobilized millions of people worldwide on Saturday, 19 March 2016 at 8:30 p.m. local time, such as COP president Segolène Royal in the foot of the Eiffel Tower with Pascal Canfin, Director-General of WWF France, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris. In 178 countries, the lights went out for a few minutes or an hour to help the planet.
The 10th edition of Earth Day started in the Fiji Islands and then was celebrated in Asia, Europe and the Americas. This event was also intended to be a festive one with a collective yoga session, a picnic in a park or a fashion show using recycled fabrics organized in Australia, meals cooked in restaurants over a chimney fire and enjoyed in candle-lit venues in France, Finland…
A total of:
- more than 6600 events were organized by individual people and organizations.
- 1.23 million individual actions took place to help fight climate change.
- more than 400 emblematic monuments switched off their lights, including the Sydney Opera House, Big Ben and the Parliament in London, the Tokyo Tower, the Empire State Building, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.
- the Earth Hour hashtags #EarthHour #ChangeClimateChange received more than 2.5 billion views during the event and the previous week (from 14 to 19 March).
Since its first edition in 2007 organized in Sydney only, the scope of the One Hour for the Planet event has increased every year. In 2015, 172 countries and 7000 cities were plunged into darkness.
The aim of this WWF initiative is to remind us that the energy consumed comes at a cost for the planet and prompt governments and individuals to take climate action. And to demonstrate that all citizens have a real impact on climate and the planet.