WWF Earth Hour 2013
On the 23rd March at 8:30pm, in a
symbolic show of global support for action against climate change
Earth Hour took place.
Now in its 7th year, Earth Hour is maturing from its origins as a consciousness raising event in one city (Sydney), to a global movement that is not just calling for change but is calling for people to engage in it.
The event was observed in more than 7000 cities, towns and
municipalities in more than 150 countries and territories, with
many of the world's best known human and natural landmarks going
dark as the backdrop to a multitude of "beyond the hour" activities
and initiatives generating outcomes for the movement and the planet
on which we live.
Participating landmarks included the International Space Station, Sydney Opera House, The Kremlin, The Eiffel Tower, The Acropolis, Christ the Redeemer Statue, The UK Houses of Parliament, Times Square - and Beaufort Court.
"In Earth Hour, people around the world, from all walks of life, have come together to express their concern about the planet's wellbeing and to take action," said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International. "I am inspired to see their commitment. Earth Hour has created a global community, and together we really can make a difference."
In the UK, a live event was streamed by WWF-UK from the Southbank in London. Highlights included: community events, live switch offs from London and across the world, and an acoustic performance from pop band McFly, who did the Harlem Shake in panda onesies to launch the campaign.
- Fast forward to 1:26:30 to see the clip of RES staff pledging our support!
See the WWF website for more on this amazing campaign.
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GLOBAL WIND DAY
Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world. For RES it is an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to educating the next generation about the role of wind energy in our world. This year over one hundred school children visited our head office as part of our global wind day event - take a look at the video to see what happened.
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL
The shift to sustainable energy usage is essential for strengthening economies, eliminating poverty, protecting ecosystems and achieving a more equitable society. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a global initiative on Sustainable Energy for All to mobilize action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:
a) providing universal access to modern energy services;
1.3 billion people in the world still live without access to electricity and 2.7 billion people have no access to clean cooking facilities. Lack of access to clean energy sources severely limits economic and social development, as well as impacts on people's health
b) doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency;
Driving energy efficiency is critical to meeting future energy demand. Investing in energy efficiency creates jobs, fosters economic growth and improves energy security for countries that lack domestic fossil fuel resources.
c) doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Renewable energy currently constitutes 15% of the global energy mix. Yet renewable energy products and services constitute a rapidly growing segment of the international marketplace. Investing in renewable energy creates jobs, fosters economic growth, and improves energy security for countries that lack domestic fossil fuel resources.
2012 is a crucial year for sustainable energy. RES is making particular efforts this year to ensure that the energy industry keeps on track.
As part of the UN's initiative, we have pledged to campaign on the importance of renewable energy despite the global recession, to grow the role it plays in national energy systems, and to support the work of Renewable World to improve access to energy in the poorest communities.
To make your pledge, see the pledge page organized by Renewable World.