An anticipated event in March is Earth Hour, a global event for the environment that popularized the switching off of lights during a certain time of the day to bring focus on the environment conservation and climate change. 

Earth Hour 2021, which will happen on March 27 at 8:30 p.m. local time will virtually bring together millions of people, businesses and leaders from around the world to shine a spotlight on the urgent need to address nature loss and climate change.

With evidence pointing towards a close link between nature’s destruction and rising incidences of infectious disease outbreaks like COVID-19, Earth Hour 2021 will unite people online to speak up for nature. 

Earth Hour 2021 marks a pivotal opportunity for civil society organizations, individuals, businesses and environmentalists to call on world leaders to set nature on a path to recovery by 2030.

The occurrence of several catastrophic incidents last year including extreme weather events, devastating wildfires and the COVID-19 outbreak highlighted the need to prevent nature loss to safeguard the future of the planet and its inhabitants.

“Healthy natural ecosystems are the cornerstone of thriving, equitable and sustainable societies. Our current socio-economic models are leading to the devastating destruction of nature which is increasing our vulnerability to pandemics, accelerating climate change, and placing livelihoods at risk,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International. 

”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. 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.”

Earth Hour 2021 is asking people to speak up for nature in as many diverse and creative ways as possible. 

People from across the globe can share their stories of why nature matters, and come together safely for the switch-off at 8:30 p.m. on March 27. 

Additionally, WWF-Philippines is asking the Filipino public to lend their voices to the movement, by sharing their hopes and dreams for the future online, through the #SpeakUpForNature hashtag.

Similar to last year, Earth Hour Philippines 2021 will be mostly digital, with several online events held throughout the month of March. 

WWF-Philippines’ Ambassadors, together with the National Youth Council, have been sharing their visions for tomorrow while encouraging the public to share on social media their hopes and dreams for a sustainable future, as part of the rollout for the #SpeakUpForNature campaign. 

The Earth Hour Sustainability Challenge, meanwhile, will be running from March 11 to March 30.

The Earth Hour Sustainability Challenge will see local influencers sharing their own sustainable lifestyle choices while meeting various challenges set down by WWF-Philippines. 

Funds will be raised to support WWF-Philippines’ conservation efforts while encouraging Filipinos to make environmentally-friendly lifestyle choices. 

“Each year, we hear about all the ways in which people try to make this difference for the sake of our home and our planet – and of course, this year is no different. That is why we’ve put together the Earth Hour Sustainability Challenge. We want you all to share with us what you’re doing for the planet, to show us that we can take action as well and that we can all speak up for nature,” said WWF-Philippines Ambassador Robi Domingo.

On the day itself, prior to the switch-off, WWF-Philippines will be running a watch party through their Facebook page. Named EH PHlix 2021, the live stream consists of several shows featuring different ways Filipinos can practice sustainability and speak up for nature from the safety of their homes. 

PHlix begins with Wildlife Conservation for Kids, hosted by WWF-Philippines Ambassadors Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski and Xia Vigor, together with WWF-Philippines’ Education for Sustainable Development team; afterwards is Feed the Future: Sustainable Dining 101 with WWF-Philippines Ambassadors Pia Wurtzbach and KC Concepcion, the WWF-Philippines Sustainable Consumption and Production team, Rina Papio of Greenspace, and Cyma, Souv and Green Pastures owner Chef Robby Goco; finally, Tackling the Plastic Problem with WWF-Philippines Ambassador Iza Calzado, KALIPI President Wilma Arevalo and the WWF-Philippines Plastics Program.

EH PHlix will run from 3:30PM to 9:30 p.m. The program will end with the Countdown to Earth Hour 2021, to be hosted by WWF-Philippines National Ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez, and which will run from 7:00PM to 9:30PM. The grand switch-off will take place between 8:30p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WWF-Philippines encourages all viewers to share with them their own Earth Hour celebrations through social media.

Official hashtags for Earth Hour Philippines 2021 are #EarthHour2021, #EarthHourPhilippines2021, and #SpeakUpForNature.

“2021 is a critical year because of key UN conferences where world leaders will make pledges for nature, aiming to reverse nature loss by 2030. What that means for us is an opportunity to use the moment to speak up for nature, and to show our leaders what we care about so that they go into these conferences with a clear message and mandate from us citizens… Some things are easier than others to do, but many imperfect actions are better than none in these next ten years we have left to change the ending,” said WWF-Philippines Executive Director Katherine Custodio.

Visit www.earthhour.org to find out more about events happening this Earth Hour around the world. Follow WWF-Philippines on social media for updates and events related to Earth Hour Philippines 2021. Lend your support to the environment and speak up for nature with the official Earth Hour hashtags #EarthHour2021, #EarthHourPhilippines2021 and #SpeakUpForNature.

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