The UN gets ready to celebrate Earth Hour

Fri, 25/03/11

Tomorrow evening, at 8.30pm, lights will be go out across the world in celebration of Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a reminder to us all that we only have one planet Earth. And it’s an urgent message that we want to reduce the impact our energy system has on that planet.

The United Nations will join millions of people across the world in marking the moment.

In New York, the Secretary General has asked for all UN buildings to go dark, including the Headquarters Building which is currently under renovation. In Nairobi, UNEP will mark the hour by switching off all office and circulation lighting in the UN Gigiri complex between 8:30 to 9:30 pm on Saturday. And in Geneva ITU will be hitting the 'off' button.

These are just a few of the activities that are planned to highlight the UN's committment to Earth Hour.

Speaking about the initiative, Ban Ki-moon said:

"All over the world individuals, communities, businesses and governments are creating new examples for our common future – new visions for sustainable living and new technologies to realize it.  Tomorrow, let us join together to celebrate this shared quest to protect the planet and ensure human well-being.  Let us use 60 minutes of darkness to help the world see the light."

Greening the Blue invites all UN staff to get involved and mark the moment.

For more information about Earth Hour visit the main WWF Earth Hour site


Categories: Staff Engagement