New Delhi: Earth Hour, an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is observed every year on the last Saturday of the month of March. This year the day will be celebrated on March 27.
The day is celebrated with an aim to urge individuals and governments across the globe to switch off their lights and electrical appliances for just an hour at 8:30 pm (local time). The day also seeks to raise awareness towards the importance of building a sustainable future for all. According to WWF the theme for Earth Hour Day 2021 is ‘Climate Change to Save Earth’.
Human civilisation is built on the pillars of natural resources, i.e. both biotic and abiotic. As human activities harm nature, more possibilities emerge for disastrous environmental events and contagious diseases caused by pathogens hosted by animals.
It has been scientifically proven that the unsustainable exploitation of nature is responsible for the recent weather events and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Earth Hour celebration should act as an encouragement for all of us to think over our relationship with nature.
As Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International said, ”2021 is a crucial year for humanity. As the world tries to turn the tide and recover from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild itself, we need to put nature at the centre of our recovery efforts to future proof our economies and societies”.
He added, ”Earth Hour is a critical moment for individuals, leaders, and environmentalists to unite and call for urgent action to reverse nature loss and secure a nature-positive world by 2030.” The United Nations (UN) Biodiversity Conference meetings are scheduled to be held in China after a few months.
World leaders will make 10-year plans to reverse the loss of biodiversity and its harmful impact on people and ecosystems during these meetings, When we come together for this initiative, we express our commitment towards ending the degradation of nature.