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Earth Hour: ‘Make Peace With Nature’ – UN Chief


The world began to ripple to darkness on Saturday
as countries globally dimmed their lights at 8:30 pm local
time for Earth Hour – an event that, according to the UN,
encourages individuals, communities, and businesses to turn
off non-essential electric lights, for one
hour.

In his message to mark the event, Secretary-General António
Guterres
said that “we must all do our part to
safeguard the planet”.

“We need to make peace with
nature. Without nature’s help, we cannot thrive or even
survive on this planet Earth”, he spelled
out.

Warning that climate disruption, biodiversity
loss and pollution “threaten lives, jobs and health”,
the UN chief called 2021 “a year to change
course”.

“It’s time to re-evaluate and reset our
relationship with nature”, he said.

Building
together

The Secretary-General upheld that solutions
are “available, affordable, practical and
realistic”.

“We can provide renewable energy and
sustainable food systems for all. We can reduce emissions
and use nature-based solutions to help us build a more
resilient, carbon-neutral world”, he said.

In short,
together the world can “build a brighter and more
prosperous future”.

‘Make or break’
year

The UN chief reminded that “small actions can
make a big difference” and said that “the United Nations
is proud to join in the global effort to mark Earth
Hour”.

“In this ‘make-or-break’ year, let your
actions and voices send a clear message to leaders
everywhere: now is the time to be bold and ambitious”, he
stated.

“Let’s show the world that we are
determined to protect the one home we all share”,
concluded the Secretary-General.

As in previous years,
the UN will
switch off it lights at Headquarters in New York at 8:30
p.m. NY
time.

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