A press conference was held at the City Administration yesterday in order to present the program of the tenth annual Earth Hour. The event is organized by WWF in cooperation with the City of Zagreb with the aim of raising awareness and facing the consequences of climate change that are part our reality and as a reminder that we need to ensure the sustainable future of our planet.
Zagreb will take part in the 10th edition of this noble global campaign together with thousands of cities around the world and support a strong global message that all of us can and must take action against global warming. This is the reason why on Saturday night, March 25, lights at Zagreb Cathedral, Kaptol and Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square will be switched off from 20.30 to 21.30.
Mayor Bandić said that only road lights will remain switched on and he invited citizens to join the celebration of Earth Hour either by switching off the light at their own homes completely or by reducing it to a minimum, giving symbolic support to this noble action and showing unity with nations around the world.
Petra Boić Petrač, head of communications at WWF Adria, said: “We are pleased that a number of Croatian cities have responded to the action, which began as a symbolic event in Sydney. The event has become the world’s largest movement for environmental protection and shows support to those who are already facing the consequences of climate change. Satellites have measured the lowest record of spring minimum of Arctic ice in the past 38 years, and a recent study found that humans are responsible for 50-70% ice cap melting. If the ice melts away completely, it will affect the lives and livelihoods of billions of people and cause enormous damage to various ecosystems.Nature keeps reminding us that we need to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement activities, both worldwide and in Croatia.”
Earth Hour’s tenth jubilee in Zagreb will be celebrated with a special program, Stand Up For Planet, which will include a performance by Jeunesses Musicales Croatia’s String Orchestra directed by maestro Anđelko Krpan, performing pieces composed by Haydn, Brahms and Slavenski. Marina Orsag and Tin Sedlar, stand-up comedians from Studio smijeha will be in charge of the entertainment part. The program starts at 20.15 and ends at 21.30, when public street lighting will be switched back on.
WWF encourages everyone to join in by changing their Facebook profile picture. Find out more here.