On March 30, 2019, UNDP Kazakhstan joined the Earth Hour event in Nur-Sultan supporting the global efforts to save the environment for a better life on our planet and for the future we want that can be achieved through the Sustainable Development Goals.
Participants of the event had the opportunity to learn about the activities of international organizations, including UNDP, in the fight against climate change, ask questions about energy efficiency and renewable energy as well as find out how to personally contribute to protection of the planet.
Earth Hour is an annual event, usually held on the last Saturday evening in March, when millions of people and thousands of business worldwide turn off lights and shut down most electrical appliances to celebrate sustainability and show their support for strategies that will help solve the problem of global warming.
In the past decade, Earth Hour has inspired millions to support and participate in critical climate and environmental initiatives, helping drive climate policy, awareness and action worldwide. Among its highlights, the movement helped create a 3.5 million hectare marine-protected area in Argentina and a 2,700-hectare Earth Hour forest in Uganda, ban all plastics in the Galapagos in 2014, plant 17 million trees in Kazakhstan, light up homes with solar power in India and the Philippines and push new legislation for the protection of seas and forests in Russia.