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.