Earth Hour

Let Nature Shine

We’re facing the biggest environmental challenge our generation has ever seen. No matter what we’re passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change. Climate change possess a fundamental threat to the places, species and people’s livelihoods. It can amplify existing threats and increase biodiversity losses.” – Anon

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement held annually, encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, on a specific day towards the end of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet in support of the fight against the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity.

EEC has been commemorating this international grass movement since 2011, and has over the years been able to encourage a large number of Emaswati to switch off their non-essential lights and non-essential appliances for an hour, between 20:30hrs and 21:30hrs. The reduction in the amount of energy that is being used is measured to show that it is possible to make a difference. It is very pleasing to underline that EEC does not act as an individual entity but has made strong relationships with other stakeholders over the years.

The Earth Hour symbol requires us to go beyond the hour, and ensure that switching off, letting nature shine, saving electricity and changing climate change is a day to day activity, and embedded within each individual while they are at work and beyond work environment. To ensure these efforts are continuous, EEC engages schools to encourage Earth Hour and going beyond. The young are the future generation and have a chance to change bad actions before they become habits. School children are encouraged to preach the gospel at home, not only by their words but also through their actions so to influence the older generation. Radio shows are also run to encourage all Emaswati.

Why is Earth Hour important to Eswatini?

As a member of the United Nations, Eswatini made a resolution to transform sustainable development issues through ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, managing conflict and combating climate change. This resolution is to be achieved through a set of aspirational goals known as ‘Sustainable Development goals’ (SDGs), a global 2030 Agenda;

Goal 7: Ensure accessibility to affordable and clean energy

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, target not only environmental protection but also adaptive capacity to climate related hazards.