Earth Hour is seeing record numbers of children and teenagers all around the globe getting involved in the campaign to take action for a sustainable future. From Libya to Swaziland and India to Singapore, Earth Hour is being celebrated and in some cases organized by youths who want to protect the planet. Official web-site of the Earth hour organization informs about this.
“We have a lot to learn from the passion, commitment and knowledge of young people who are making a difference to the planet – these are truly the most inspiring stories,” said Andy Ridley, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Earth Hour.
This year, more than ever, many in ‘generation-next’ are rolling up their sleeves and taking on the challenges of Earth Hour themselves.
Just months after the end of the uprising, two youths have teamed up to organise Libya’s first ever Earth Hour celebrations. Despite continued civil unrest, Mohammad Nattah (18) and Muhammad Bugashata (20) are determined to see the lights switched off in the former King’s Castle in Tripoli, “Libya is ready for Earth Hour 2012,” Bugashata said.
Meanwhile, over in Swaziland, 16-year old Nathi Mzileni has organised his country’s Earth Hour response all by himself, persuading Big Game Parks to participate in an I Will If You Will challenge, and garnering the support of Swaziland’s biggest newspaper to promote Earth Hour. He’s also enlisted the backing of three government departments.
“I am only young. But I believe that we have to work together to make things happen to make this world a better place,” he said.
Across the other side of the globe in Canada, the Green Team at Shawinigan High School have made a video to raise awareness for Earth Hour. And ten post-secondary schools from across Alberta have a friendly rivalry to see which can sign up the greatest number of students to participate on March 31.
Indian teenagers will be partying for Earth Hour at the huge MTV Unplugged event to be held at India Gate Lawns in the heart of New Delhi. At 8.30pm the lights of the iconic India Gate will be switched off and the concert will be powered by alternative sources of energy, including pedal power.
Earth Hour 2012 will take place at 8.30pm – 9.30pm on Saturday 31 March Watch the 2012
Armenia also participates in the action.
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