Islamabad - At 8:30pm, individuals, businesses, cities and landmarks around the world switched off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change.

As the lights went out, the earth hour supporters stood out to contribute real climate solution to combat the globe’s biggest environmental challenge. All unnecessary lights in the National Assembly, Election Commission of Pakistan, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Shah Faisal Mosque, Pakistan National Monument, Pak-China Friendship Centre, Damn-e-Koh, Lake View Park, Convention Centre, CDA buildings, Cabinet Block, Jinnah Avenue, Nazim-ud-Din Road, 9th Avenue, 7th Avenue, D-Chowk, Constitution Avenue, Enercon, Centaurus Mall, Fazl-e-Haq Road and Islamabad Highway were switched off in order to participate in the earth hour .

The Worldwide Fund for Nature-Pakistan, a non-profit organisation working to preserve, conserve and save environment and natural resources, celebrated largest symbolic environmental event earth hour across the country.

Since its origin as a symbolic lights-off event in Sydney in 2007, WWF’s earth hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment igniting public awareness and action on climate in more than 7,000 cities across the world. Pakistan joined the world in celebrating earth hour in 2010. It was also celebrated in Karachi and Lahore to pledge to fight against climate change and global warming. This year’s celebrities included Ayesha Omar, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ayesha Khan, Saba Hameed, Ali Noor, Saeed Ajmal, Deepak Perwani and Nazir Sabir.

Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General WWF-Pakistan, in a special message said, “Pakistan is among the top ten countries affected by climate change and this environmental challenge can have a serious impact on our water economy.

On this earth hour , join WWF and millions of people around the world to show your commitment to our one and only planet. Switching off lights for one hour on Saturday, 28th March, is a symbolic gesture. All of us should pledge to take action in our capacity as an individual, business and policy and decision-maker to reduce our footprint, conserve nature and protect the environment.

The WWF-Pakistan is sensitizing the corporate sector, policymakers, business community, educational institutions and political leaders for earth hour activities since 2010. The WWF-Pakistan mission to educate people to use natural resources sustainably, create environmental reforms and implement greener laws are as important as human rights laws.

The earth hour is more about changing lifestyles and consumption patterns to ensure the use of earth’s finite resources in a sustainable way and create awareness of environmental issues that our country faces today, such as energy shortfall and food and water security.