Tuesday, 2 April 2019 | Worldwide | Department of Global Communications (DGC)
Joining an impressive list of landmarks around the world, the United Nations turned off the lights at its headquarters in New York on Saturday night to signal the Organization’s continued support for climate action.
In a video message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: “It is still possible to limit climate change, protect our planet and safeguard our future. Technology is on our side.”
“Earth Hour is an opportunity to show support for ambitious climate action,” the Secretary-General continued, calling on everyone: “Let’s build a cleaner, safer and greener future.”
In addition to the UN’s Secretariat building, participating in this year’s Earth Hour were UN offices in Austria, India, Georgia, Namibia, Nigeria, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Turkmenistan and as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.
Started as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is one of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet. It has mobilized hundreds of millions of individuals to participate in this event and growing to become one of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and climate action.
For more information, visit www.earthhour.org.