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