EARTH HOUR MALDIVES
Maldives continues to call for Climate Action globally and Earth Hour Maldives is the largest organized climate change mobilization in the country. It is the only grassroots initiative that has continued to advocate for Climate Action for over 10 years.
Earth Hour Maldives provides an opportunity for all Maldivians to join hands, campaign against, and actively take part in the battle against Climate Change.
Initiated by a group of Scout volunteers in 2009 – the year Earth Hour went global – Earth Hour Maldives continues to facilitate and mediate grassroots initiatives promoting the global call for action. The Earth Hour country team advocates the cause throughout the Maldives and seeks support from community partners and collaborators being the main event organizers in the country.
Over the years Earth Hour Maldives has organized numerous trainings, advocacy events and main country events with the support and collaboration of numerous partners, supporters and friends.
Climate change threatens Maldives on multiple fronts.
As a direct driver, climate change has direct and ongoing effects on the environment and it is considered as one of the greatest challenges to social and economic developments, particularly for small island developing states (SIDs) such as the Maldives. The country already has existing environmental challenges such as beach erosion and limited freshwater resources. The low lying islands of the Maldives are considered to be at high risk of being inundated if sea level rise continues.
Additionally, the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are expected to increase in the future. This is expected to affect areas of social and economic security and hence further increase the vulnerability of the Maldives.
For the Maldives, Climate Change is not an environmental challenge but an existential crisis. Climate Change will have serious implications on water security, food security, island dynamics, coral reef ecosystems, biodiversity resources, socioeconomic dynamics, human health and the very culture and traditions that are intrinsic to these Maldivian islands; a country with a history of over 2500 years.
Earth Hour is a global environmental movement by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
WWF is the parent organisation of earth hour and started earth hour with teams and partners in Sydney, Australia back in 2007. Earth Hour™ Global is a registered Charity under the Charities Act in Singapore – a company limited by guarantee. Even though this is an open source campaign, the Earth Hour brand is legally trademarked worldwide and licensed for use by WWF delivering the Earth Hour movement.
Today, the need for climate action is at its greatest yet. Temperatures in the Arctic are hitting record highs even as sea ice shrinks to lowest levels ever observed; coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef are being bleached white for the fourth time in less than two decades; and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the highest it has been in the last 800,000 years. As climate change becomes an everyday reality, the relevance of WWF’s Earth Hour has never been greater. As the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, Earth Hour helps bridge the gap between conference rooms and living rooms to encourage each person, community and organization to take action and create a positive impact for the planet.
Every year, Earth Hour has seen record participation across seven continents, even aboard the International Space Station. It has inspired millions to support and participate in critical climate and conservation projects led by WWF. This has powered efforts to drive climate policy, awareness and action among individuals, businesses and governments.