By David Michael Terungwa
2015 was the hottest year in record history and it was also the year countries came together to work against climate change at the historic summit in Paris. With the world at a climate crossroads, Earth Hour 2016 was our time to shine a light on climate and environment action and build the foundation for a better future for our planet and future generations.
2016 marks the tenth lights out event since Earth Hour’s debut in Sydney, Australia in 2007. In the past nine years, World Wide Fund (WWF) and Earth Hour teams around the world have harnessed the power of the movement to raise support and funds for access to renewable energy, protection of wildlife and their habitats, building sustainable livelihoods and driving climate-friendly legislation and policy. In Abuja Nigeria a group of young environmental activist Climate Reality Leaders, Connected Development and African Youth Initiative on Climate Change partnered to put together the Earth Hour event celebrated on March 19, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. local time. We used Earth Hour 2016 to drive a petition to save the last forest in Calabar, Cross River State, with the#CrossRiverSuperway hashtag. The event served as a platform not just to raise awareness about environmental issues but was also a platform for entrepreneurs who are involved in activities that protect Earth to showcase their work and network as we engage people during the time frame of the event at night.
David Michael Terungwa is a Nigerian eco-entrepreneur and president of the Global Initiative For Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation.
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in their private capacity and do necessarily represent the views of the African Climate Reality Project.