Earth Hour 2019 inspires Zimbabweans to plant and nurture trees | WWF

Earth Hour 2019 inspires Zimbabweans to plant and nurture trees



Posted on 20 May 2019
Tree planting during Earth Hour commemorations in Harare, Zimbabwe
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On Saturday (30 March 2019) Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating Earth Hour, a worldwide environmental movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).  In Harare the day was celebrated in partnership with Forestry Commission Zimbabwe and Friends of the Environmentunder the theme, ‘plant and nurture a tree’.
To mark the day, at least 200 trees were planted to symbolise the importance of nature and contribute to Zimbabwe’s ongoing 2018/19 tree planting season which started with a target of 15 million trees.
The three organisations on Saturday held a Walkathon in Highfields starting at Nyandoro Primary School in 120thStreet at 7.30am, to Main Street and back to the school.
As nature declines like never before, coupled with the ever-present challenge of climate change, Earth Hour 2019 focused on raising awareness on why nature matters and inspiring global action on conserving nature.
“Earth hour is a significant opportunity to secure commitment for preservation of nature.  Nature is vital for food, the air we breathe and the water we drink.  It plays an important role in the economy and in our everyday lives.  Unfortunately nature is under siege globally due to a variety of causes.  Consequently, it is everybody’s responsibility to save our planet for the benefit of those who come after us. We have a responsibility to live in harmony with nature,” says Dr Enos Shumba, WWF Zimbabwe country director.
Zimbabwe is losing about 330 000 hectares of forests every year.  It is against this background that Forestry Commission Zimbabwe is engaged in several activities in line with Zimbabwe’s commitment to revegetate its forests. 
“It is important for humanity to replace what it consumes from nature hence our commitment this Earth Hour to renew the call to plant trees in the face of the ever increasing demand for firewood, timber and other uses. Planting and nurturing trees will go a long way in rehabilitating our forests,” says Forestry Commission Zimbabwe General Manager, Mr Abednigo Marufu.
This year’s Earth Hour event was another milestone for the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, with more than 180 countries and territories coming together to highlight and invite action on the environmental issues most relevant to them. 
WWF hopes the hundreds of initiatives around the world will inspire awareness and action on the importance of nature.
In other countries around the world, at 8:30 p.m. local time, skylines went dark as millions of people celebrate Earth Hour to show their commitment to protect the planet. 
From the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House, and the Empire State Building to Burj Khalifa, thousands of landmarks switched off their lights in solidarity for the planet, to raise the awareness about the importance of nature and encourage individuals, businesses and governments worldwide to be a part of the solutions needed to build a healthy, sustainable future – and planet – for all. 
In the past decade, Earth Hour has inspired millions to support and participate in critical climate and environmental initiatives, helping drive climate policy, awareness and action worldwide. Among its highlights, the movement helped create a 3.5 million hectare marine-protected area in Argentina and a 2,700-hectare Earth Hour forest in Uganda, ban all plastics in the Galapagos in 2014, plant 17 million trees in Kazakhstan, light up homes with solar power in India and the Philippines and push new legislation for the protection of seas and forests in Russia. 
Everyone can make a difference in protecting nature and it starts right here, right now with Earth Hour 2019. Visit www.earthhour.org to know more about Earth Hour.
Tree planting during Earth Hour commemorations in Harare, Zimbabwe
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