Global earth hour
Yesterday we join million of people in major cities all around the world to make mark Earth Hour-a global annual event where individuals, communities and business turn off their non- essential lights for one hour at 8.30 p. m. local time as a symbol of their commitment to the planet.
World Wildlife Fund ( WWF) initiated Earth Hours in 2007 as a way of engaging a board section of society in the environmental issues challenging citizens across the world. More than 7,000 cities have participated in the event.
It was famously started as a lightsoff event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
This year theme for Earth Hour ,”Shine a light on climate action”, is a very important one, especially for Bhutan as we are located in a region most at risk from climate change. Climate change is adversely impacting the Himalayas’ biodiversity and ecosystem services through increased temperature, extreme floods, droughts and storms as a result of shifting weather patterns.
With the risk of climate change coupled with the increasing human pressures and threats, we must continue to enhance monitoring of our ecosystem and equip ourselves with tools to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This is why we urged the countries during the United Nations Conference on climate change conference of parties 21(COP 21)in Paris last year to spend up negotiations and pledged as a country to remain carbon neutral for all times to come. Bhutan’s contribution to combat climate change is made with the view that there is no need greater, or more important, than keeping the planet safe. Our forests sequester more than 6 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is four times more than what Bhutan emits. We will continue to lead in climate action.
Further to observe the day the World Wild Life Fund has set up a first climate science station in Dungkhar Primary School in Lhuentse . The earth hour event in Dungkhar signifies a place where Bhutan leadership has began, reinforces Bhutan’s contribution and continued leadership in climate change.
The science center will allow the students to measure the daily weather, learn about the environment and discuss about climate change. The centre will encourage young students to explore the world around them and understand how we can live in harmony with nature and build a safe, clean and healthy environment.
For Bhutan climate change is more important as we live in the area prone to climate change and a slight change in the climate change will have a devastating ting effect on our life.