This year’s standout participation was made possible by support from communities, business associations and individuals
SINGAPORE, 30 MARCH 2022 – On Saturday, 26 March 2022, a record-breaking 1,000 establishments, communities and organisations in Singapore marked Earth Hour 2022 and participated in the iconic lights switch-off at 8.30 p.m. to show their support for protecting the planet. This year, the annual grassroots movement for nature by WWF-Singapore (World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore) surpassed last year’s record of 744 participating establishments.
In addition, WWF-Singapore’s ‘Kosong Plan’ pledges towards personal Net Zero commitments have doubled since its launch last year, highlighting Singaporeans’ commitment to tackle climate change and building a Net Zero future together.
On 26 March 2022, WWF-Singapore’s Earth Hour switch off came to life at 8.30 pm local time. In a stunning display of the nation’s united resolve for nature, Singapore and its iconic skyline went dark as hundreds of landmarks, buildings, residences and individuals islandwide made a stand for climate action and switched off their lights for this global movement.
Caption: Buildings along Marina Boulevard switched off for Earth Hour
Communities for our planet
This year’s Earth Hour also saw strong and positive participation from local communities. West Coast Grassroots Organisations engaged their residents on environmental topics ranging from food sustainability to green investments, with a month-long line-up of activities that led up to its Facebook Livestream on Saturday to mark Earth Hour.
Throughout the day, Marymount Community Club posted climate awareness videos produced by the schools in the community and Earth Society on their Facebook page focusing on nature loss, climate change and useful tips on sustainability.
“We are pleased to collaborate with WWF-Singapore on the Earth Hour campaign this year. It is extremely crucial to get the message out there on the effects of climate change. At Pioneer, we promoted awareness among the residents to take part in this meaningful movement. We also switched off non-essential lights at The Frontier Community Club as a mark of our commitment to be accountable for our ecological footprint,” said Patrick Tay, Member of Parliament from Pioneer Constituency.
“On behalf of WWF-Singapore, I would like to thank the communities, businesses, individuals and policymakers for making Earth Hour 2022 a huge success.” said Achal Agarwal, Chairman of WWF-Singapore. “We look forward to seeing more individuals & businesses make their Net Zero commitments by joining our Kosong Plan. Together, let us build a nature-positive future for Singapore and our planet.”
BEYOND THE HOUR: Date with Nature
On Earth Hour day, WWF-Singapore invited the public to reconnect with the planet and enjoy a #DatewithNature at local park connectors and national gardens such as Gardens by the Bay.
The public was also encouraged to capture these moments on their social media, using the hashtag #DateWithNature and tagging WWF-Singapore, to encapsulate the day with beautiful images of nature around the nation.
To view exciting photos and posts from the public, click here.
BEYOND THE HOUR: WWF-Singapore’s ‘Kosong Plan’
Individuals can continue to take a stand for the environment by making small, actionable changes in their daily lives with WWF-Singapore’s Kosong Plan.
The number of pledges has doubled from just over 1,000 at Earth Hour last year, to 2433 as of this Earth Hour. WWF-Singapore hopes to have more Singaporeans brew their own Kosong Plan at earthhour.sg/kosongplan and achieve their personal Net Zero goals with simple sustainable changes.
The pledges include simple yet important lifestyle choices, such as eating more responsibly by eating less meat and choosing more ‘planet-based’ options or travel more responsibly by taking public transport or walking whenever possible, etc.
Throughout the year, pledgers can also look forward to regular and practical tips from WWF-Singapore on how to increase their climate commitments and achieve their Kosong Plan goals. By nurturing individual awareness and conscious actions for the environment, the Kosong Plan aims to help all stakeholders to develop a low carbon, climate-resilient nation and help Singapore meet its Net Zero goals.
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About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is WWF’s flagship global environmental movement. Born in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organisations in more than 180 countries and territories to take tangible environmental action for over a decade. Historically, Earth Hour has focused on the climate crisis, but more recently, Earth Hour has strived to also bring the pressing issue of nature loss to the fore. The aim is to create an unstoppable movement for nature, as it did when the world came together to tackle climate change. The movement recognises the role of individuals in creating solutions to the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges and harnesses the collective power of its millions of supporters to drive change.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. As one of WWF’s international hubs, WWF-Singapore supports a global network spanning over 100 countries.
WWF-Singapore works closely with local stakeholders towards a greener and more sustainable Singapore and the region around us. We work to address key conservation areas, such as climate change, sustainable finance, deforestation, illegal wildlife trade, marine conservation, and sustainable production and consumption, through collaboration, education and outreach efforts involving the community, businesses, and governments. For more information, please visit wwf.sg.