25 March 2021, Singapore – On Saturday, 27 March at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour will unite individuals, businesses and leaders from all over the world to shine a spotlight on the health of the planet, raising awareness on the importance of nature and inspiring action for a brighter future for nature and people. With COVID-19 safety regulations continuing in several parts of the world, many countries will be celebrating Earth Hour online, mobilising millions of people from across the globe to speak up for nature.
''Whether it is a decline in pollinators, fewer fish in the ocean and rivers, disappearing forests or the wider loss of biodiversity, the evidence is mounting that nature is in free fall. And this is because of the way we live our lives and run our economies. Protecting nature is our moral responsibility but losing it also increases our vulnerability to pandemics, accelerates climate change, and threatens our food security,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International.
“We must stop taking nature for granted, respect its intrinsic value, and - importantly - value the crucial services it provides to our health, wellbeing and economy. We need to unite and take urgent action now to set nature on the path to recovery and secure a nature-positive world, while supporting climate action. By acting for nature, we can all create a healthier, fairer and more sustainable world.”
Renowned public figures, celebrities, youth organisations and businesses from across the globe will be supporting Earth Hour to draw attention to the nature and climate crises. Pledging his support for Earth Hour, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized in a video message that now is the time to be bold and ambitious, and show the world we are determined to protect the one home we all share. In recognition of the critical role young people will play in creating a more sustainable world, many global youth groups including Fridays For Future, AIESEC, United Nations Global Youth Biodiversity Network, Global Scouts, YMCA, and Global Youth Action Team will be participating in Earth Hour calling for a safer, healthier future for all.
John Kani, environmentalist and the star of acclaimed films such as Black Panther, Captain America and The Lion King, is lending his voice for a special video to be released on Earth Hour to raise awareness about the link between nature loss and human health. Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara and South Korean star Park Seo-Joon will also be sharing video messages on Earth Hour calling for reversing nature loss.
''From lush green forests to the shimmering deep blue oceans, the beauty of our one shared home, our Earth, is unparalleled. We rely on nature for everything - our food, our water, even our livelihoods. But we are losing our natural treasures faster than they can replenish themselves. Preventing nature loss is not just our moral duty, it is critical to our very existence. We urgently need to take action to prevent further degradation of our natural world, for securing our own future. Join me this Earth Hour when we collectively raise our voice for nature to secure a greener, healthier future for all, '' said John Kani, renowned actor.
Eva Zabey, Executive Director, Business for Nature, said: "COVID-19 has given us a stark warning of the risks, vulnerabilities and inequalities of our interconnected systems – and what’s at stake for everyone if we cannot mobilize action. Leading companies recognize they need to act now to both cut greenhouse gas emissions and reverse nature loss by 2030.
Earth Hour is taking place during a critical year, when world leaders are due to agree an ambitious global agreement on nature. Let us use this symbolic moment to think about how we work together - across society, business and government - to change our course towards a nature-positive, net-zero and equitable future."
Many iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Skytree, Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, the Colosseum in Rome, Rova of Antananarivo in Madagascar, UAP Old Mutual Tower in Nairobi, Sydney Opera House, Niagara Falls, Taipei 101 and Gardens by the Bay in Singapore will be switching off their lights in a symbolic gesture of support on the night of Earth Hour.
Every year, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world show their support for our planet, raising awareness of nature loss and climate change - the two biggest threats facing our one home. But Earth Hour is more than just an Hour for the planet - it's a movement for our future. And it's more than just a symbol of support - it's a catalyst for urgent change amidst one of our most crucial years yet.
SINGAPORE, 28 March 2021 – As Earth Hour rolled across the globe on Saturday, millions of people came together online to speak up for nature and inspire action for a brighter future. The movement, which is in its 15th year, saw individuals, influential leaders, celebrities, youth groups and businesses shine a virtual spotlight on our planet and the role we can all play in the global efforts to address the climate and nature crises.
Earth Hour 2021 generated 6.7 billion impressions globally on social media channels and other platforms including TikTok and LinkedIn, and its related hashtags trended across 42 countries on Twitter or Google search, making 2021 the most successful online event in Earth Hour’s history. The Virtual Spotlight video, which highlights the link between nature loss and pandemics, garnered 2.4 million views in 24 hours making it the most watched video in Earth Hour history.
“The success of Earth Hour always moves me. Just when we think it can't get any bigger, it demonstrates again the enormous weight of public desire for environmental action. As the world faces unprecedented challenges, people have come together to speak up for nature - loudly and clearly - and inspire urgent action for the environment,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General at WWF International.
“By continuing to destroy nature, we are the ones who are responsible for increasing our own vulnerability to pandemics, accelerating climate change, and threatening our food security. This has to change, and Earth Hour shows that millions of people around the world are demanding that change. From Indonesia to Kenya, Colombia to China, and from the US to Spain, people spoke up for nature at a time when nature needs us to reduce our impact, and we need healthy nature to support a healthy society. This is the year when we must commit to reverse nature loss by the end of this decade, building a nature positive society.”
Celebrities and prominent public personalities from around the world supported Earth Hour to help raise awareness on the importance of nature and inspiring action. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu, and many other influential leaders highlighted that by acting for nature, we can all create a fairer, healthier and more sustainable world.
Hollywood actor John Kani, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, Korean actor Park Seo-Joon, Jamaican recording artist Sean Paul, Olympic gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge, actress and UN ambassador Dia Mirza, tennis ace Andy Murray, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Colombian model Claudia Bahamon, and DJ Armin van Buuren were among the many public figures who participated in Earth Hour by speaking up for people and nature.
Taking place just a few months before crucial climate and nature summits in 2021, Earth Hour is a strong reminder of people’s determination to tackle our planet’s biggest environmental challenges. As lights and cities dimmed, supporters took over social media by sharing an Earth Hour video about the deterioration of our planet and our increasing vulnerability to pandemics.
“Earth Hour continues to show us the impact we can achieve when we unite, sparking hope for the future we can shape for generations to come. Millions of people around the world are urging world leaders to act decisively by securing an international commitment for people and nature.
We have an unmissable opportunity to agree on a global plan for a sustainable future using the global agreements on nature and climate scheduled later this year. By acting together now, we can solve the dual threats of climate change and nature loss. Let us seize this opportunity to secure a better future by putting both the health of people and our planet first,” said Lambertini.
In a year with limited public gatherings, iconic monuments including the Olympic Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, Tokyo Skytree, Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, Eiffel Tower, London Eye, Kremlin, St Peter's Square in the Vatican, Rome’s Colosseum, Acropolis in Athens and Niagara Falls switched off their lights as a symbolic gesture of solidarity for the planet. Millions of people at home also switched off to show their support for urgent action for climate, nature and people.