Earth Hour 2018

Let Nature Shine

‘We’re facing the biggest environmental challenge our generation has ever seen. No matter what we’re passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change. Climate change poses a fundamental threat to the places, species and people’s livelihoods. It can amplify existing threats and increase biodiversity losses - Anon

June last year, we celebrated World Environment Day by connecting with nature in our various workstations. As we celebrated this day, we all reflected on the beauty surrounding us and how important it is for individuals to rise up and be earth ambassadors. On the 24th of March this year we joined in one voice in remembering the importance of nature, as this year’s theme called for us to switch off and   #LETNATURESHINE.

SEC has been commemorating this international grass movement since 2011, and has over the years been able to encourage a large number of Swazis to switch off their non-essential lights and non-essential appliances for an hour, between 20:30hrs and 21:30hrs. It is very pleasing to underline that SEC does not act as an individual entity but has made strong relationships with other stakeholders over the years. It is indeed true that small acts made in unity produce great impacts, as this year Swaziland saved 22.9MWh, enough energy to power Mbabane, the Nation’s Capital City.

Such great impacts must not stop now. The Earth Hour symbol requires us to go beyond the hour, and ensure that switching off, letting nature shine, saving electricity and changing climate change is a day to day activity, and embedded within each individual while they are at work and beyond the work environment.

To ensure that these efforts are continuous, SEC has rigorously engaged a number of schools to encourage Earth Hour and going beyond. The young are the future generation and have a chance to change bad actions before they become habits. During the school visits conducted in the months of February into March, school going children were encouraged to also preach the gospel at home , not only by their words but also through their actions so to influence the older generation. Although radio shows were also run for the benefit of all Swazis, our hope lies with the future generation to turn things around and LET NATURE SHINE!

REMEMBER: SMALL ACTIONS= BIG ACTIONS

Go beyond the hour and always ensure to CISHA LOGESI NAWUNGAWUSEBENTISI!

#LETNATURESHINE

Why is Earth Hour important to Swaziland? - Sustainable development goals

As a member state of the United Nations, Swaziland made a resolution to transform sustainable development issues through ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, managing conflict and combating climate change. This resolution is to be achieved through a set of aspirational goals known as ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs), a global 2030 Agenda.

Through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the country makes great strides to integrate SDGs into the national vision and plans.

Goal 7: Ensure accessibility to affordable and clean energy and

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, target not only environmental protection but also adaptive capacity to climate related hazards.

#GOBEYONDTHEHOUR

#LETNATURESHINE

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