Individuals, businesses and cities in 188 countries and territories around the worldwide joined Earth Hour 2019 and took action in solidarity for the planet.
According to WWF, people around the globe generated over 2 billion impressions of official campaign hashtags between January and March 2019 to show their concern for nature. #EarthHour, #Connect2Earth and related hashtags trended in 26 countries worldwide.
“Mass participation in Earth Hour has shown that people globally demand urgent action for nature,” said WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini. “Millions of people have spoken, many urging world leaders to secure an international commitment to stop and reverse the loss of nature.”
Arguing that “the science is clear” on how the loss of nature is putting everyone’s future at risk, Lambertini called for a New Deal for nature and people.
His comments were echoed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who said that this year’s Earth Hour “comes with a great sense of urgency”. Other global leaders who posted messages in support of Earth Hour 2019 include 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Great Thunberg, interim leader of the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva, and heads of state.
As in previous years, thousands of landmarks worldwide turned their lights out in solidarity for Earth Hour, including the Sydney Opera House, the Brandenburg Gate, the Empire State Building, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the Pyramids of Egypt.
WWF also announced that a new Netflix series will launch on 5 April. Narrated by renowned broadcast and natural historian Sir David Attenborough, Our Planet will explain why the natural world matters to us all and what steps must be taken to preserve it.
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