Earth Hour 2013 in ArmeniaMar 23, 2013
Yerevan, 23 March 2013 – Today the capital of Armenia joined more than 7000 cities and towns in more than 150 countries and territories to observe Earth Hour 2013 - the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world.
The campaign in Armenia was organized by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Armenia, in partnership with the Ministries of Nature Protection and Energy and Natural Resources, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Foundation, Yerevan Municipality, UNDP in Armenia, Global Environment Fund, HSBC Armenia, Best Western Congress Hotel, and the Armenian public.
In a message to the world on the eve of the seventh Earth Hour, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has set the agenda for this year’s hour of inspiration. “We participate with an undimmed determination to take action on climate change,” he said. “Everyone has a role to play. Governments need to provide the political will, businesses can contribute solutions, and civil society, especially young people, can mobilize global action. Together, let’s do our part and shed light on common sense answers for a cleaner, greener world.”
The event first began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights to show their support for action on climate change. Last year Earth Hour was held at 8:30pm-9:30pm on March 31 breaking records to cement itself as the largest voluntary action for the environment, with more than 6,950 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories taking part.
Earth Hour has now become much more than a symbolic action. It has evolved into a continuous movement driving real actions, big and small, that are changing the world we live in. This year Earth Hour was held on 23 March from 20:30 to 21:30.
For more information on “Earth Hour” initiative go to www.earthhour.org For UN Secretary General’s video message for Earth Hour 2013 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qKjMtfsqY8