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Posted on 19 March 2016

Lahore, WWF-Pakistan celebrated WWF’s largest symbolic environmental event, Earth Hour, across the country. In Lahore the main event was organized at Qarshi University and in Karachi at Frere Hall, with hundreds in attendance nationwide.

At 8:30 pm local time, buildings across Pakistan together with over 10,000 landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco turned off their lights. Lights remained switched off at The National Assembly of Pakistan, all Provincial Assemblies and other significant buildings across the country from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm as part of a symbolic gesture to be part of a global moment of solidarity for climate action. This year, Earth Hour was celebrated only months after 195 countries agreed a new global climate deal in December 2015, in Paris, France. As the lights were dimed in homes, offices and landmarks, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment once again brought together millions of people to pledge their support for the conservation of the planet.

With Earth Hour coinciding with the T20 cricket world cup, WWF and Earth Hour teams in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka teamed up with leading cricketers to encourage people to bat for the planet and watch the match in the dark together as communities and to cheer for their favourite team and the planet by urging universal climate action from one and all. This year’s Earth Hour ambassadors included Anoushey Ashraf, Hassan Ahmed, AmnaKardar, UzairJaswal, and Sajid Hasan. MunibaMazari was also present at the event in Lahore as a supporter.

The event at Qarshi University included a candle lighting ceremony with celebrities, partners and guests; sky lanterns; a youth performing art show and pledges by ambassadors. Hundreds of students and educationists from across the country also vowed to ‘shine a light on climate action’. Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan said that “Pakistan is among the top ten countries affected by climate change and this environmental challenge is already severely impacting our economy. On this Earth Hour, by joining WWF millions of people around the world have shown their commitment for the planet. Switching off all unnecessary lights for one hour on Saturday, 19 March is a symbolic gesture. All of us should pledge to take action in our capacity as an individual, business and policy and decision-maker to reduce our footprint, save nature and protect the environment”.

Earlier, The Speaker of the National Assembly, SardarAyazSadiq, in his video message to the nation endorsed Earth hour 2016. He said that last year we pledged to go green and fulfilled our promise by ensuring that the National Assembly building runs on renewable energy. It is a proud moment for us to say that the Pakistan’s national assembly building is the first in the world to be powered by solar energy. He stressed that it is time to put our heads together to look after the issues of climate change. In his message on global earth hour day, Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Muhammad ShahbazShariff, said that the aim of observing this day was to promote a friendly attitude among the people towards environment. He said that world was passing through a critical era regarding environment. He said that environmental pollution and climate change had emerged as a big challenge. He said that global warming was a serious issue; therefore, there was a need to protect the environment and take effective measures for this purpose. He said that awareness programme should be arranged in this regard and every citizen should play his role for protecting the environment from pollution. He said that unnecessary electric equipment should be switched off to minimise this problem.

According to Iqbal Ahmed Qarshi, CEO, Qarshi Industries (Private) Limited, “Qarshi Industries (Private) Limited in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan organizes Earth Hour which is the momentum of the world’s largest grassroots movement and it calls for united efforts under the broader spectrum of climate change”.

Celebrating the tenth edition of its signature lights out event in March 2016, the Earth Hour movement continues to harness the power of its millions of supporters to shine a light on climate action and the power of the individual to change climate change. As one of the first open-sourced climate change campaigns, it has grown from a symbolic event in one city to the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment spanning over 7,000 cities and 178 countries and territories.

With Earth Hour 2016, WWF-Pakistan aimed to harness the collective power of the crowd to create the exponential impact we can achieve by putting the spotlight on climate action and the potential of individuals to change climate change. Whether it is garnering public support for renewable energy or climate-friendly policy or fostering collaboration between people across borders to tackle regional climate issues.


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