Turn Your Lights Down Low [Official Earth Hour Events, 2013]

“Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and held towards the end of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.”  Earth hour, 2013 will involve hundreds of millions of people in more than 7000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories. In Nigeria, the Earth Hour team has organized a mass participation event in commemoration of Earth Hour across the world on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30pm – 9:30pm. You can sign up to join this event at the website – www.earthhourng.org

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Earth Hour is much, much more than a symbolic action of switching off lights for an hour; it’s a continuous movement driving real actions, big and small, that are changing the world we live in. Together we must find the energy to turn the inspiration of one hour into the actions of every hour. The goal of Earth Hour is to change the future into one that is sustainable. According to a representative of the team, “We can’t continue to use the equivalent of 1.5 of the planet’s natural resources to support life on Earth. And we can’t afford to ignore the critical environmental challenges we are facing today.” He continues: “Change this big needs you. It needs every one of us. Earth Hour brings individuals, businesses, governments and organisations together to show the power of our collective impact.” 

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This year, there are several activities going on as part of the Earth Hour celebration. The program is as follows:

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 3:00pm

  1. Climate Change Meet-Up for 100 children and youth.
  • Abuja (Millennium Park)
  • Lagos (Marwa Gardens)
  • Port Harcourt (Isaac Boro Park)
            [3.00pm – 3.30pm] Introductions
            [3.30pm – 3.35pm] Why Earth Hour
            [3.35pm – 4.25pm] Lightening Talks (10mins each)
            [4.25pm – 5.00pm] Climate Change and Our Future
            [5.00pm – 5.05pm] PAUSE: Group Photograph/Break
            [5.05pm – 5.20pm] Q & A
            [5.20pm – 6.00pm] Feedback/Interviews/Signatures/Green Freebies 
 
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:30pm
 
  1. TEDx of Environment (Ignite Talks) during the official Earth Hour 
  • Abuja (Transcorp Hilton)
  • Lagos (First City Plaza, Marina)
  • Port Harcourt (Le Meridien Ogeyi Place)
              [8.30pm] Switch Off at the First City Plaza, Lagos
              [8.31pm – 8.36pm]  Welcome Address by First City Group
              [8.36pm – 8.41pm]  Earth Hour and its Expectations
              [8.41pm – 8.44pm]  Music
              [8.45pm – 8.55pm]  Keynote Address – Climate Change & Nigeria
              [8.55pm – 9.00pm]  Group Picture/Break
              [9.00pm – 9.30pm] Ignite Talks (5mins each with 5mins Music Break after each)
              [9.30pm] Lights On/ Signatures and Green Freebies! 
 

If you missed last year’s phenomenal and inspiring Earth Hour, the Earth Hour, Nigeria team have put together a detailed report here – http://earthhourng.org/report2012.pdf 

Please Note: If your organization intends to partner with Earth Hour, Nigeria on events, kindly email Hamzat Lawal at mails4hamzy@gmail.com before February 25, 2013 (COB), Watch out for a global press release on partners after that date. Current list of partners can be found here.

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