Hong Kong: “Earth Hour” event promotes green living, more than 1,000 people turn off lights and electrical appliances in Cambodia

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25th March 2023 – (Hong Kong) The annual “Earth Hour” event, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), took place in Hong Kong on Saturday night with a focus on “attitudes towards life.” This annual event was an ongoing effort to promote sustainability and reduce carbon emissions. We invite you to join us so together we can make a positive impact on the planet and protect it for future generations. From 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, many iconic buildings and landmarks on both sides of Victoria Harbour, including the Convention and Exhibition Centre, International Commerce Centre, and the Bank of China Tower, turned off their lights, creating a unique view of the harbour. The event aimed to promote energy conservation and raise awareness of climate change and the disappearance of biodiversity. This year, nearly 4,000 companies, organisations, and buildings participated in the event by turning off non-essential lights.

Meanwhile, over a thousand people participated in Cambodia’s 14th Earth Hour event on Saturday, turning off all lights and electrical appliances in their households and offices to show their commitment to green efforts. The event was jointly organixed by the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Commerce, World Wide Fund for Nature Cambodia (WWF), and Factory Phnom Penh. The event aimed to raise awareness of climate change challenges and promote energy conservation, with many public entities, communities, businesses, and individuals participating.

The event highlighted the need to reduce the negative impact on the natural environment and adopt daily doable practices such as reducing, reusing, and recycling. The Secretary of State for the Ministry of Environment, Neth Pheaktra, stated that it was crucial to invest in renewable energy alternatives to protect Cambodia’s biodiversity and ecosystems. He called for citizens to give back to nature and support a resilient recovery that promotes sustainable living.

The event also emphasised the importance of international cooperation to combat climate change and ensure a sustainable future. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that urgent and unprecedented actions are needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Cambodia, like many other countries, has felt the impact of climate change, including flooding and droughts, which threaten the country’s agriculture and economy.

As individuals and communities, we can adopt daily doable practices and support renewable energy alternatives to reduce our carbon footprint and build a resilient and sustainable future for all.