ArmInfo.On March 26 Armenia will participate in Earth Hour global action organized by WWF by turning off the street lights of Yerevan and other cities for one hour.
According to the press service of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Armenia, the objective of this global awareness raising campaign is to unite the public, businesses, communities and other stakeholders around the idea of turning off the lights for one hour to shift public interest towards important ecological issues. This year, Earth hour is about uniting the world in support of people, and our planet. We must stand united in solidarity, coming together to look after each other and the one home we all share. Earth hour environmental campaign was implemented for the first time in Sydney, Australia in 2007, where over 2 million people switched off lights to unite humanity in its efforts to combat climate change. Since then the number of participating countries and cities is only increasing. This year over 180 countries participated in this event.
"Earth Hour, the world's largest movement for the environment, is set to once again unite millions of people around the world to show their commitment to the planet. As we continue adapting our lives to the impacts of COVID-19 and the catastrophic events of the past two years, Earth Hour 2022 aims to signal the end of "business as usual" and herald a new era that puts people and the planet first. Hence, Earth Hour 2022, organized by WWF-Armenia emphasizes the importance of the "Connect to Earth" ideology, " stated by Zhak Niazyan, Communications and Partnerships Head of WWF Armenia.
This year the "Earth Hour 2022" event will be held at the Yerevan Botanical Garden from 15:00 to 21:30. WWF is the world's leading conservation organization working towards the protection of our planet's natural resources. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
In Armenia, one of the main priorities of WWF Armenia is conservation of endangered species, Developing and strengthening protected areas (PAs) of Armenia (reserves, national parks, sanctuaries, etc.), Conservation of threatened species , Conservation and restoration of ecosystems, Mitigation of and adaptation to climate change , Introduction of economic mechanisms for alternative livelihood for local communities in order to promote sustainable use of natural resources and to protect biodiversity.