On 30 March 2019, the UN System in Namibia joined the millions across the globe in observing #EarthHour by switching off the lights of the UN compound from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, local time.
A great opportunity for the UN to lead by example and connect with the Earth in such a unique way. It is imperative to voice the importance of and put the spotlight on renewable energy which is clean AND green. Citizens should be encouraged to build the habit of turning off their lights whenever they are not needed. It is also important to know savings in energy and money will make the habit worthwhile. Turning off lights will also keep a room cooler, an extra benefit in the summer.
Earth Hour intends to amplify the all-important conversation about the fate of our planet and move people to go beyond the hour to instigate change for the environment. With this year’s digital #Connect2Earth initiative, the UN in Namibia aims to spark conversations about the inter connectivity that exists in nature and the ways in which people feel connected to the environment. The UN Namibia used the hashtag on its social media platforms and prompted individuals to reflect on the impact they have on biodiversity.
One of the objectives of Earth Hour 2018-2020 is to meet the Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity:
“By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.”
Educating people about the need to preserve biodiversity will more likely motivate them to make more sustainable decisions.
Given the alignment between climate change and sustainable development, the SDGs present an opportunity, as never before, to forward climate action and ensure tackling climate change is a priority for human development.
To ensure sustainability, we have to take action and make the right choices to steer the world away from a climate catastrophe.