Thimphu joins millions across the world to observe Earth Hour

29 Mar 2014

imageStudents display their lamps and messages during the Earth Hour event.

29 March 2014, Thimphu; Students and residents of Thimphu came together as part of the global movement UNDP organized in Bhutan to observe Earth Hour.

The open event saw three schools, teachers and residents of the community participate in a global campaign on climate change and awareness on energy consumption in the small Centenary Park in Thimphu. 

Messages like “I love my country”; “Save the planet, save Bhutan”; “Save the Earth” were also printed on the lamps by the students.

In his statement, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, ““The effects of global warming – melting glaciers, extreme weather patterns and rising sea levels – are starting to seriously threaten livelihoods” the UN chief also called on world leaders to come to the climate summit with “strong political will.”

The Centenary Park went black at 6.30 pm and people lit candles and lamps to observe the Earth Hour. The one hour event ended with a display of all the handmade lamps and a statement from the UN Secretary General.

Globally led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour encourages individuals, companies, organizations and Governments throughout the world to switch off their lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m., local time worldwide.