Earth Hour: Going Beyond the Hour

Earth Hour 2013 took place at 8.30pm – 9.30pm on Saturday 23 March 

[MARCH 26 2013, ABUJA]: WWF’s Earth Hour in Nigeria has just concluded its participation in another record sweep around our planet from Samoa on one side of the International Date Line to the Cook Islands on the other, with hundreds of millions again uniting to send a clear message – we are determined to create a sustainable future for our planet.

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With a call to action to become the generation to change our planet for good, this year’s event was marked in Nigeria by First City Plaza with over 100 participants, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja with over 300 participants, and Le Meridien Ogeyi Place, Port-Harcourt with about 70 participants. “What is most important is the ever increasing extent to which Earth Hour’s supporters are participating in or taking actions themselves. Now in its 4th year, Earth Hour Nigeria is maturing from its origins as a consciousness raising event in cities, to a movement that is not just calling for change but is engaging in it” Oludotun Babayemi, the Country Director for Earth Hour said. “These edifice are going dark as the backdrop to a multitude of “beyond the hour” activities and initiatives generating outcomes for the movement and the planet on which we live” Said Hamzat Lawal, the Public Relations Manager Earth Hour in Nigeria.

With the millions of Earth Hour Supporters around the world, the Team in Nigeria has launched a new petition calling for the passage of the Nigeria Climate Change Bill that hopes to establish a commission solely responsible for Climate Change activities. “It is important for Nigeria to create a multilateral institution to address the issues of Climate Change in Nigeria, with over 3 trillion Naira raised (2.9 trillion from the Federal Government and 2 billion from international donors) for about 7.7million households that were affected by floods in 2012, communities in Nigeria are still not seeing the impact of the funds” Oludotun said.

Moreover, private businesses are making simple pledges – First City Monument Bank Plc gave out about 300 Solar Lamps during Earth Hour; WONDERBAG NIGERIA has pledged in our ‘I WILL IF YOU WILL’ campaign to give out 5,000 Wonder bags (a simple heat retention cooker) to the Red Cross of Nigeria with both commitment passing significant savings on to families while reducing charcoal producing and wood gathering impacts on forests.

During Earth Hour, children, youth and adults from all walks of life, have come together to express their concern about the planet’s wellbeing and to take action, “said Hamzat. “We are inspired to see their commitment. Earth Hour has created a global community, and together we really can make a difference.

To see what happened in Nigeria during Earth Hour, kindly check

http://www.flickr.com//photos/visitgwarinpa/sets/72157633079849302/show/

To sign the petition for the Nigeria Climate Change Bill

http://earthhourng.org/climatebill.html

For enquiries:

In Abuja, for Earth Hour Nigeria, Hamzat Lawal (English), +234-806-869-9956 or hamzy@earthhourng.org

In Lagos, for Earth Hour Nigeria, Folake Kujore (English), +234-813-272-7734 or

folake@earthhourng.org

In Port-Harcourt, for Earth Hour Nigeria, Gift-Godden Uzoma (English), +234-803-752-7705 or gift@earthhourng.org

To join the Nigerian community head to:

 About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 23, 2013 at 8:30 PM to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. In 2013, Earth Hour’s I Will If You Will concept invites individuals and organizations to challenge others to an ongoing environmental commitment beyond the hour. Earth Hour began in one city in 2007 and by 2012 involved hundreds of millions of people in 152 countries across every continent, receiving reports as ‘the world’s largest campaign for the planet’.

 About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

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