Earth Hour: Fighting Climate Change

Earth Hour: Fighting Climate Change

On saturday 19, around 180 countries participated in the 2016 Earth Hour activities. Between 8 : 30 pm and 9:30 pm, these countries turned off the lights of their building, their tourist attractions…  Among the countries participants , Uganda, Australia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Morocco, Madagascar, Egypt, France, Singapour. This year, Earth Hour was observed by many activists. In Egypt, the observation was organized in Cairo by the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) and, two civil societies involved in the environment, sustainable development and against the use of fossil fuels. But , as every year since 2009, Egypt turned off key tourist sites, such as the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx. Africa emits less than 4% of the greenhouse gas emission. 70% of africans have no access to energy. In december, in Paris, during the COP 21, African countries launched the African Renewable Energy Initiative with partners to boost renewable energy on the continent to at least ten gigawatts of capacity by 2020 and at least 300 GW by 2030. Celebrated every last saturday since 2007, Earth hourEarth_Hour_60+_Logo aims to raise awareness on the impact of climate change.

By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache

Author: houmi

I’ve started my career as a student in journalism in South Africa in 2001 at Rhodes University in Grahamstown ( Eastern Cape). With a bachelor degree in Communication and Information obtained in France, my native country, I’ve decided to learn investigative journalism in South Africa. So I followed a one year intensive course, studiying journalism specialized on TV, but also Writing and Editing and New Media. During my studies, I followed two internships in Johannesburg. One with Business Day ,a well known South African economic media and the other with Agence France Presse (AFP).

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