National earth hour to be celebrated in Kasese

Kasese District Local Government (KDLG) and the Ministry of Water and Environment in partnership with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have organised the Earth Hour™ 2018 celebrations to take place in Kasese District.

Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement with a mission to Unite People to Protect the Planet taking place in over 7,000 cities and 180 countries and territories. It mobilises hundreds of millions of people around the world to make a stand against climate change. Every year in March, Earth Hour celebrates the symbolic ‘lights-off’ hour from 8:30-9:30pm local time.

This year marks the 11th year since inception of this Campaign and the celebrations are being hosted in Kasese District due to its biodiversity significance to the country and beyond. The Rwenzori Mountains is global biodiversity hotspot and a water tower providing key ecosystem services and supplying essential natural resources to the public.  During COP21, images of the Rwenzori Mountains were beamed live to the participants in Paris highlighting the landscape as one impacted by Climate Change calling for quick action.

In Uganda this campaign has registered success such the first ever Earth Hour forest in the world where 250 hectares of degraded forest has been restored.    It has also increasingly engaged young people in developing solutions and innovative approaches to conservation. The first ever Earth Hour Walk, a 370km walk from Kampala to Kasese has been organized  aimed at raising awareness on the enormous loss of green cover and to drum up support to plant more trees.  This walk will climax on 24th March 2018 on Earth Hour day leading us to our grand celebrations.