23rd March 2012, Worldwide
Earth Hour 2013 will kick off at 8.30pm local time on Saturday 23rd March, inviting individuals, businesses and communities to turn out their lights for one hour to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments will unite around the world in a celebration of the commitment to protect the planet. Earth Hour is the largest environmental event in history, and Earth Hour 2012 saw more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories participating to demonstrate a powerful message for action to save our planet.
Now in its seventh year, Earth Hour has seen over 200,000 individuals accepting the “I Will If You Will” challenge on YouTube, showing their ongoing commitment to a sustainable future. Earth Hour is an iconic event that has seen some of the world’s most recognized landmarks, including the Forbidden City, Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Golden Gate Bridge, Table Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue and Sydney Opera House switch off in a global celebration of the one thing that unites us all – the planet.
Earth Hour is organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), one of the world’s leading independent conservation organisations with almost five million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries. WWF strive towards stopping the degradation of the natural environment, helping people live more sustainably and take action against climate change.
Stockholm, the 2010 European Green Capital, has been chosen as a finalist in the 2013 Earth Hour City Challenge, an initiative celebrating cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating greener, cleaner and more sustainable cities. The Earth Hour City Challenge aims to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly one-planet future by inviting cities to submit inspiring urban development plans that dramatically increase the city’s use of renewable energy. The Earth Hour Capital, as well as six national capitals will be announced in March 2013.
Stockholm was the first city to be awarded the European Green Capital title. In its year as European Green Capital (2010), Stockholm pursued its aim to inspire other cities towards achieving a more sustainable environment. The official opening of a new tramway during 2010 demonstrated that Stockholm is greener than ever. The City of Stockholm operates with a holistic vision, one which combines growth with sustainable development for the benefit of its citizens. Transport emissions are relatively low, and all trains and inner city buses run on renewable fuels. Furthermore, green house gas emissions have been reduced by 25 % since 1990, and the city council has the ambitious target of becoming wholly independent of fossil fuels by 2050.
For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/index_en.html