(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) in Saint Lucia will be acknowledging Earth Hour 2018- ‘Connect2Earth’, to be held on Saturday, 24th March 2018. Aligning with Aichi Target 1, Earth hour 2018 will have an added focus: raising awareness of the values of biodiversity and the steps we can take to conserve.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. towards the end of March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
To commemorate Earth Hour 2018- “Connect2Earth”, CYEN- in Saint Lucia has decided to host a multi-generational relay race, with a participating team of ten (10) national athletes on Saturday March 24th, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm at Pigeon island to Choc beach near Massy Mega. We will be remaining on the beach to observe Earth Hour from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m with a small bonfire setup.
In lieu of this global theme – “Connect2Earth” – we will be “Connecting2SaintLucia” to spark community action by passing the baton onto our multi-generations for succession in transformational sustainable development and climate protection of the Earth and by extension our Fair Helen, Saint Lucia. Ten (10) Athletes from the Saint Lucia Athletics Association and Roadbusters participating in the event will be in the following ages ranges, 7-10, 11-16, 17-20, 21-32 and 33-80. We trust this will spark constructive conversation on climate change and strike a chord to greater commitment for preservation of Saint Lucia’s unique biodiversity
In light of the foregoing, CYEN in Saint Lucia will be sensitizing the public through the media and conducting school visitations to inform of the importance of Earth Hour and CYEN’s commemorative activities. At the schools, a tree planting exercise will be carried out to secure CYEN’s commitment and added focus: raising awareness of the values of biodiversity and the steps WE can take to conserve.
Our valued collaborators and sponsors are Massy Stores, Saint Lucia Red Cross Society, Sagicor Life (Eastern Caribbean) Inc., Real Foods Inc., The Saint Lucia Road Busters Club and the Saint Lucia Athletics Association. CYEN Saint Lucia is asking YOU to hashtag #EarthHour #Connect2Earth #Connect2SaintLucia to participate and provide full engagement in championing the success of this endeavor and by extension empowering others through solidarity to ‘Shine a Light on Climate Action in Saint Lucia’.
For more information or if you want to collaborate with us, contact Snaliah Mahal, National Coordinator or Mr. Cornelius Williams & Ms. Joanne Husbands, Event Co-ordinators at 1758-719-3943/ 720-4885 and [email protected] or [email protected] Also, visit our Facebook page Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) St. Lucia and Instagram CYENSLU.