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Toliara – Earth Hour in Madagascar was celebrated with one thousand wood-saving stoves given victims of the recent cyclone Haruna in the southern town of Toliara.

The initiative by WWF and the Association for the Development of Solar Energy (ADES) allows each family that receives a stove to cut their charcoal consumption in half while also protecting forest, reducing emissions and save themselves money.

“The daily use of these 1000 stoves will protect 175ha of forest and save 6,650 tons of wood per year. 4000 tons of Co2 emissions can be avoided and each beneficiary family will be able to spare some 1750m2 of forest every year,” said José Randrianirina Patrick, Director of ADES’ Centre in Toliara.

“In these difficult times when families rebuild their lives after cyclone “Haruna”, we hope that the contribution of these wood-saving stoves by WWF and ADES will assist them in rebuilding their lives,” says Richard Hughes, Regional Representative at WWF in Madagascar.

Deforestation is the main environmental threat and the demand for fuel wood and charcoal is leading to a rampant degradation of Madagascar’s unique natural forests. 80% of the population cook with charcoal or fire wood and 92% of the energy used in Madagascar every day is for cooking purpose.

8000 ha of forests for charcoal each year

Toliara is no exception: its annual charcoal consumption was estimated in 2012 to be 30 000 tonnes, which means 8000ha of forests, are being decimated every year.

“If efficient, wood-saving stoves are used by all 35,000 households in Toliara, we believe that coal consumption will decrease by 50% and the area of forest lost to the exploitation of charcoal too. During Earth Hour we hope to inspire people to adopt these stoves,” said Rina Andrianarivony, Fuel Wood Programme Officer at WWF.

10,000 trees to green schools in Antananarivo

In another Earth Hour event, WWF is collaborating with the school district of Antananarivo, to plant 10,000 trees around the capital.

“Through this action, we promote the idea that Earth Hour must go beyond the hour,” said Rachel Senn Harifetra, Head of WWF Madagascar’s Education Programme.. “Reforestation and maintenance of seedlings are among the actions that Malagasy youth should adopt at an early age.”

Since Earth Hour 2012, WWF has been assisting in training the school supervisors in planting techniques and the maintenance of plants.

Images © WWF-Madagascar

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Desde la Opera de Sídney al Empire State de Nueva York, varios de los edificios más emblemáticos del mundo apagaron sus luces el sábado para sumarse a La Hora del Planeta, en un año considerado clave en la lucha contra el cambio climático. El usualmente rutilante rascacielos neoyorquino se convirtió en una “débil chispa”, mientras los majestuosos carteles de Broadway reducían el tono de sus luces de neón.

Horas antes, en París, la Torre Eiffel, el símbolo más conocido de la capital francesa, dejó de brillar y quedó a oscuras durante cinco minutos, brevedad que se explicó por razones de seguridad. Además de la torre, cerca de 300 monumentos parisinos se apagaron el sábado por la noche para participar en el evento Earth Hour, organizado por noveno año por el Fondo Mundial para la Naturaleza (WWF).

El apagón también llegó a Rusia, donde el Kremlin en Moscú y el Museo del Hermitage, en San Petersburgo, apagaron las luces, de la misma forma que la Acrópolis de Atenas, el Castillo de Edimburgo, el Coliseo de Roma, los rascacielos de Fránkfurt o la plaza de los héroes de Budapest. También en Latinoamérica las principales capitales vieron apagar las luces de sus íconos arquitectónicos en acatamiento a la campaña mundial. En México, el Ángel de la Independencia y el Monumento a la Revolución quedaron a oscuras. (AFP)

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#madeinEarthHour [30 of 60] - Since 2012, around 600 people from the Aasayi village in Etawah district, India have organised their own Earth Hour event to raise awareness about deforestation, biodiversity and saving energy.  

This village is located in an area known for its rich biodiversity on the riverbank of the 1,376km long Yamuna river, which runs through several states of India. Every year organisers share beautiful images of participants from the village creating a human 60+ logo, and this year the community was also made aware about the importance of solar energy as a local solution to the global climate change issue. 

The village’s participation shows just how far Earth Hour reaches as a platform for people to take action to protect our planet from anywhere in the world.

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Час Земли – самая массовая экологическая акция в мире, в ходе которой WWF🐼 призывает выключить свет💡 и бытовые электроприборы на один час 28 марта с 20:30 до 21:30 по местному времени в знак неравнодушия к будущему планеты🌍  

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Here’s an inspiring update from the team in Madagascar:

After reading about the wood-saving stoves given out by WWF-Madagascar and ADES to celebrate Earth Hour 2013 (read full story), Seraphine Wegner, a former WWF volunteer in Madagascar, decided to do some fundraising of her own, and has managed to purchase and hand out a total of 100 wood-saving stoves to the communities she used to work with!

Great stuff!

Image: ©WWF-Madagascar

It’s about protecting our home which is the earth. It’s no longer countries, cities. There’s no divide so if you look at the earth from the moon, it is one home. You don’t see any religious divide. You don’t see any culture divides. We’re all sharing this planet and it’s screaming at us to take care of it and that’s our responsibility.
—  Andrew Garfield about Earth Hour project - by Channel NewAsia