It’s just a small gesture, but when millions of people around the world turn off the lights at the end of March for “Earth Hour,” the focus shifts to one of the greatest conflict areas of our time: climate protection.
This Saturday, at 8:30 pm local time, the lights of the world will go out for 60 minutes during this year’s WWF “Earth Hour”. But this year the focus is not just on protecting the planet. Under the motto “Lights out for a peaceful and lively planet”, the 2022 campaign is also dedicated to the desire for peace in Ukraine, in Europe and throughout the world.
#LightOff and #EarthHour
Whether it’s private individuals, cities, public institutions or companies, analogue or digital, WWF invites everyone to participate and report it on social networks using the hashtags #LichtAus and #EarthHour. The lights will go out in offices, houses and apartments, but also in famous places like the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Big Ben in London and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
“We need to get out of oil, coal and gas as quickly as possible to become independent of climate-damaging energy imports. This is the only way we can protect the climate and increase our energy security at the same time,” he asked. Viviane Raddatz, Head of Climate Protection and Energy Policy of WWF Germany, ahead of the event, as announced. According to WWF, the effects of the climate crisis, particularly through summer drought, floods and forest fires, are now more tangible in Germany than ever.
“Currently we are painfully reminded of how deep we are in the trap of dependence on fossil fuels,” Raddatz said, referring to the ongoing war in Ukraine. To get out of there, you need to focus more on energy efficiency and “unleash the energy transition”. “Every newly built wind turbine and newly installed solar system guarantees our livelihoods.”
Solidarity with Ukraine
As a sign of solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine, WWF has announced that it will not only focus on peace in words, but also visually: a dove of peace will be the main motive for the planned action at the Brandenburg Gate.
In view of the war, the climate crisis and dependence on fossil fuels, the signal of the climate protection campaign to unite people for a peaceful and alive planet is more important than ever, the organizers emphasize.
The idea for the “Earth Hour” was born 15 years ago in Australia by the WWF environmental foundation. Today it is arguably the largest global climate and environmental protection campaign, the foundation says. Earth Hour is now taking place on all continents in more than 180 countries. More than 7,000 cities around the world are participating, he said.
At the beginning of the week, there are signs of a record participation in Germany again this year: according to the WWF, almost 600 cities and municipalities in Germany have already registered and in 2021 about 580 participated. (Dpa)