Environment: Bhutan will join over 172 countries to observe the Earth Hour today to unite people in addressing issues of climate change.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bhutan, in collaboration with the Green Bhutan project, department of forest and park services and Thimphu thromde will inaugurate the Earth Hour garden in Zilukha.  Student volunteers of Royal Thimphu College and Zilukha middle secondary school will plant tree saplings in the Earth Hour garden together with officials.

WWF officials said the tree plantation in the Earth Hour garden is to create the importance of green initiatives, such as planting trees, which will eventually contribute to negating the ill effects of climate change and promote sustainable lifestyle.

The Memorial chorten will also join the global movement by switching off its lights at 8.30 pm.  Themed, “change climate change,” millions of people from across the world will switch off their lights for an hour to show their commitment to the planet.

WWF Bhutan, in partnership with Bhutan Broadcasting Service and Bhutan Telecom, is sending out Earth Hour messages to every Bhutanese, and creating awareness on how such individual efforts, such as switching off lights, can help Bhutan lead towards a fully carbon neutral economy.

More than 7,000 cities are expected to take part in the world’s largest conservation event today, which has grown from a single WWF event in Sydney in 2007.

By Kinga dema