KAMPALA — The 2021 earth hour campaign has been launched
The world’s largest grassroots campaign aims to create, promote conservation activities and policies.
The campaign targets to unite people to show their commitment to the planet and environment conservation.
World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) has partnered with the Ministry of Water, Environment & Natural Resources, National Forestry Authority, National Environment Management Authority, Buganda Kingdom and Church of Uganda for this year earth hour activities.
Speaking on Thursday at the launch of the earth hour held at Media Centre in Kampala, WWF Uganda Country Director, Mr. David Duli said earth hour is mobilizing individuals, businesses and governments to be a part of the conversation and solutions needed to build a healthy, sustainable and future planet for all.
In the past decade, he said earth hour has inspired millions to support and participate in critical climate and environmental initiatives, helping drive climate policy, awareness and action.
“Together x with our partners are flagging off the 2021 Earth Hour campaign, delivering a message more pertinent that ever —raising awareness of the nature loss crisis and climate change, and addressing how everyone of us must play our parts in protecting our one shared home, which means in turn protecting ourselves,” Mr. Duli said.
He added: “This year, we want you shine a light on the deep connections between climate change and natural loss—that we can’t beat climate change without protecting future nor re-establish a thriving natural world without stable climate.”
He further rallied businesses in the plastic industry to invest in production of reusable plastic bags and bottles but also join the campaign against plastic pollution by investing in recycling of the plastic they produce.
“We also rally government to come up with a clear policy stand and ban of single use plastic and directives to all plastic manufacturers to be part of addressing plastic pollution why they partly contributing to,” Mr. Duli added.
Earth Hour has been celebrated in Uganda since 2008 and officials say, it has helped to inspire conversations to raise awareness of the potential threat posed by climate change.