Earth Hour Caribbean

Earth Hour Caribbean


Find out how you can support Caribbean Earth Hour 2013 by reading the post below. Caribbean Earth Hour is scheduled for 8:30 -9:30 pm this Saturday March 23. Let’s all play our part.

On March 2, 2013  Heather Pinnock wrote this blog post about starting a Caribbean Earth Hour movement which lead to an interview with the Trinidad Guardian newspaper and subsequently shared by Earth Hour’s official twitter account. All of that to say, my thought has snowballed into Hill 60 Bump officially launching Earth Hour Caribbean:
Earth Hour is an annual event which began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since spread across the entire globe.  In 2012, official activities took place in more than 7000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories. Sadly, the only Caribbean territories listed on the 2012 map of participants were Aruba and Belize.
The Caribbean region is comprised largely of Small Island developing states that are very vulnerable to the effects of climate change including extreme rainfall patterns, sea level rise, increased temperatures and intensified hurricane seasons. Caribbean nations are inherently climate sensitive with their lives and livelihoods inextricably connected to the physical environment. In spite of the solid work by Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) and the Climate Studies Group at The University of the West Indies among others, the vital information has not been converted to widespread public awareness. Although the action of turning off the lights for one hour is largely symbolic, Earth Hour provides an opportunity for communities across the region to focus on and begin to discuss Climate Change mitigation, adaptation and resilience strategies.

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Earth Hour Caribbean was launched in March 2013 and is a project of Hill 60 Bump – A Caribbean Sustainability Network. It acts as a focal point for Earth Hour activities in the region including the sharing of events, activities, tips, news and climate change relevant information. Earth Hour Caribbean will also assist in the coordination of ‘I Will If You Will’ challenges and the appointment a regional ambassador to champion the cause.  For 2013, the following Caribbean countries have been added to the official list of Earth Hour participants: Grenada, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Curacao, Suriname, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.  Earth Hour Caribbean aims to spread the movement to all Caribbean territories and is seeking interested parties in the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda among others to join the movement.
I am grateful to the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, and Gerard Best in particular,  for their interest in my idea and the Earth Hour global team who have given me very lively support. The movement has started – JOIN US!!
See you in the dark from 8:30 – 9:30 PM on Saturday, 23rd March 2013!!

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