"Earth Hour", an annual global event in defense of nature, during which people symbolically turn off their lights for one hour, inspired Africans to land more than one million trees, and Argentines — the creation of the largest reserve, according to event organizer, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) .
"Earth Hour" (wwf.ru/60) — the world's largest environmental initiative and the largest mass action in the history of mankind — will be held on Saturday 23 March at 20:30 local time. "Earth Hour" was first held in Sydney in March 2007, on the initiative of WWF. In 2012, the "Earth Hour" took place in all time zones and 150 countries, reaching 6.5 thousand cities. The 2013 event will be in Russia for the fifth time.
"In Africa, Uganda, WWF has set a target in the" Earth Hour "to plant at least 500,000 trees in degraded areas of 2.7 hectares. This will be the first step in the fight against the annual felling of thousands of hectares of the country's forests. Former Botswana President Festus Mogae promised land million trees in four years, starting with planting 100,000 trees in the most affected areas from logging, "- said in a statement.
In addition, preparation for the "Earth Hour" is in full swing throughout Latin America. WWF Argentina with partners attracted thousands of participants, the Senate approved a bill that would make marine protected areas "Banco Burwood" area of 3.4 million hectares of the country's largest.
At the same time, WWF Russia set a new goal for the "Earth Hour" and plans to collect at least 100,000 signatures of Russians to make amendments to the existing forest laws. These amendments must return a ban on commercial logging protected forests, occupying nearly a quarter of the entire area of the Russian forest fund and 18% of the forest area of the country.