#EarthHourKE: 60 Minutes to Protect the Planet

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Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks have set aside an hour to host events, switch-off their lights, and raise awareness for climate change action next Saturday, 25th of March, 2017 at 8:30pm.

Earth Hour is so much more than just an event. Coordinated by WWF globally and in Kenya by WWF Kenya, together people are shining a light on the need for action on climate change.

Over the last 10 years, Earth Hour participants have helped make some pretty amazing things happen. From changing laws to funding solar-powered homes, together, real and positive impact have been accomplished for our planet.

Last year, an unprecedented 178 countries and territories switched-off in solidarity with global efforts to change climate change. Lights were switched-off at over 400 iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House (Sydney), Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (London), the Tokyo Tower (Tokyo), the Empire State Building (New York), Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Singapore) and the Eiffel Tower (Paris).

While the Earth Hour movement has grown from when it was only a one-city event in Sydney in 2007 to the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, the need for climate action has also accelerated.

Did you know the Mara River in Kenya is drying up?

The Mara River, the focal point of most safaris to the Mara Triangle, is facing adverse effects of climate change such as drought and flash flooding; resulting in smaller riverbeds, reduced water levels that cannot sustain wildlife, and increased human-wildlife-conflict as wildlife now needs to move closer to settlements to seek water.

During this year, the year of sustainable tourism, WWF Kenya is urging Kenyans to understand the importance that the Mara River plays in the nation’s tourism sector.

The Mara River is the only reliable source of surface water to the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem that supports wildlife and humans, up-stream it’s the main source of water for human use and farming, and it is host to the 8th   Wonder of the World: The annual Wildebeest Migration.

How you can help

Pledge your support by signing up to support, “Keeping River Mara Flowing” by visiting, interacting and supporting WWF Kenya’s effort through the Website: http://www.changeclimatechange.org/

Donate and stand a chance to win a fully paid trip for two for two nights plus a game drive at the Mara!

 

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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