UN to switch off lights for Earth Hour, calls for a bright future for people and planet

Janos Pasztor, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change
Janos Pasztor, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change

By Zakari Usman

To mark Earth Hour—WWF’s global lights out campaign—United Nations Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, Janos Pasztor, will be joined by international Earth Hour spokesperson Sudhanshu Sarronwala to focus attention on people-driven solutions to tackling climate change and building a bright, sustainable future for all.

On Saturday 28 March, at 8:30 p.m. local time, the United Nations will turn off the lights at its headquarters complex for one hour, joining individuals, communities, businesses and landmarks across more than 7,000 cities and 172 countries in this symbolic show of support for people and planet.

In a video message for Earth Hour, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said: “Climate change is a people problem. People cause climate change and people suffer from climate change. People can also solve climate change. Earth Hour shows what is possible when we unite in support of our environment.”

He also highlighted that the event draws attention to the need to provide clean energy to the more than one billion people who still lack access to electricity.

First launched in 2007, Earth Hour has become an annual event, mobilizing hundreds of millions of individuals to participate and growing to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.


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