Bhutan ob­serves the earth hour by set­ting up first cli­mate sci­ence cen­tre

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

Bhutan joined the world com­mu­nity in cel­e­brat­ing the earth hour yes­ter­day by turn­ing off their non es­sen­tial lights for one hour at 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Earth hour is an an­nual global event which seeks to en­cour­age peo­ple to switch off their lights for one hour. The aim is sim­ple to show that we can pro­tect the fu­ture of the planet. This is done by re­duc­ing re­liance on fos­sil fu­els.

In line with this year’s earth hour theme – “Shine a light on cli­mate ac­tion”, World Wildlife Fund is go­ing be­yond the hour to raise aware­ness on learn­ing of en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence at an early age.

With sup­port from the Depart­ment of Hy­dro-Met Ser­vices, a cli­mate sci­ence cen­tre was es­tab­lished in Dungkhar Pri­mary School, Lhuntse. The Earth Hour event in Dungkhar, a place where Bhutan’s lead­er­ship be­gan, re­in­forces Bhutan’s con­tri­bu­tion and con­tin­ued lead­er­ship in cli­mate ac­tion. Dur­ing the United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence of Par­ties 21 (COP 21) in Paris in De­cem­ber 2015, Bhutan urged na­tions to speed up ne­go­ti­a­tions and pledged to re­main car­bon neu­tral for all times to come.

The sci­ence cen­tre will al­low stu­dents to meas-

ure the daily weather, learn about the en­vi­ron­ment and dis­cuss cli­mate change. The cen­tre will also in­spire stu­dents to ex­plore the world around them and to un­der­stand how we can live in har­mony with na­ture, and build a safe, clean and healthy en­vi­ron­ment.

What started in 2007 as an ob­scure event in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, has since trans­formed into a world­wide phe­nom­e­non. Last year saw 10.4 mil­lion peo­ple take part in the UK alone, while 171 coun­tries around the world joined them.

In UK earth hour was cel­e­brated at the food we eat, by invit­ing peo­ple to cel­e­brate ‘our bril­liant planet’. WWF UK ad­vised on ways to make sure the food we eat is healthy for us, and the planet.

They rec­om­mend eat- ing less pro­cessed food, eat­ing more plants, wast­ing less food, and eat­ing less meat. They also en­cour­age peo­ple to en­joy can­dlelit din­ners this year, as fa­mous land­marks also take part in the event – in­clud­ing Big Ben, the Houses of Par­lia- ment, and Buckingham Palace.

In the cap­i­tal res­i­dents ob­served the event by putting off the non es­sen­tial lights for one hour from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm and join­ing mil­lions from 7,000 cities around the world.

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