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The Paris Agreement © IISD Reporting ServiceBonn (18 May 2017) – Climate negotiators have kept their focus on the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the mid-year round of UN climate talks in Bonn ending today, setting the course for a substantive outcome at COP23.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF's global Climate & Energy Practice said it was encouraging to see that discussions in Bonn were not around whether or not the Paris Agreement was needed but rather about the details of its implementation. "This sends a strong signal that the climate negotiations are not being paralysed by politics. Rather, negotiators have engaged in the technical discussions that are required to make substantial progress by COP23 on the rules that will guide the implementation of the agreement," he said.

Pulgar-Vidal emphasized the urgency to scale up equitable climate ambition by all countries, with non-State actors such as business, cities, regional governments and the public also contributing to galvanising climate action. "From now through November, we have to ensure we get the impetus to increase ambition. Other international processes – like the G7 and G20 – offer immediate political moments where leaders can show their commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and scaling up of climate action."

While the technical discussions were only expected to progress incrementally during this session, faster progress ahead is essential. "We only have 18 months left to complete the rulebook, so we must see the pace pick up if it is to be completed on time." 

COP23 will take place in Bonn between 6 and 17 November 2017 and will be hosted by Fiji. This is the first time an island state has led the negotiations. "The Fijian COP Presidency has made a strong impression and is eager to ensure a successful COP."

For further information contact Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwf.org.za 
Posted: May 18, 2017, 12:00 am
People march for the climate in New York, ahead of the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015. © WWF Intl. / Greg Marinovich / The StandCommenting on the draft European Parliament report on Energy Union GovernanceAlex Mason, Senior Policy Officer at WWF European Policy Office said:

"It's good to see that MEPs are taking the Paris Agreement seriously, and trying to give the wings of ambition and the teeth of binding targets to the Commission's rather lacklustre governance proposal.

The rapporteurs have also had the foresight to point out that it makes no sense for Member States to produce their short term 2030 plans before their long term strategies.

But if the EU is to live up to its Paris commitments we should be aiming to reach net-zero emissions well before 2050, so further work is needed."

More information:

Green MEPs Claude Turmes and Michèle Rivasi, rapporteurs for the ITRE and ENVI committees respectively, have just made public their joint report on the European Commission's proposed Energy Union Governance Regulation.

The Commission's proposed Regulation, released late last year, brings together in one place a wide range of existing planning and reporting rules (for example on GHG emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency) and should help Member States take a consistent, joined-up approach to energy and climate change. The Commission's proposal requires Member States to produce detailed plans for 2030 and a longer term strategy to 2070, and also includes mechanisms to ensure that EU 2030 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency are collectively met.

The main problem with the Commission's governance proposal is that it takes little account of the Paris Agreement – and instead sticks rigidly to the now obsolete European Council conclusions from 2014. Turmes and Rivasi have made a bold attempt to correct this, by adding some of the missing pieces and trying to create an energy and climate governance regime fit for the challenges ahead.

In particular they have included:
  • A target to achieve a 100% renewable and highly energy efficient economy, also by 2050 the latest
  • A 45% renewable energy target for 2030 (instead of the Commission's proposed 27%)
  • A 40% energy efficiency target for 2030 (instead of the Commission's proposed 30%)
  • National binding targets for renewables and energy efficiency for 2030
  • Reinforced provisions on Member State long term strategies, and a requirement that they focus on 2050 and be produced in parallel with the shorter term 2030 plans rather than after them. Stronger rules on public and stakeholder engagement.
It is now over to the MEPs to table amendments to strengthen this report even further - for example on including further detailed guidance on what Member States need to cover in their long-term strategies. The report will then be discussed in Committee on 20-21 June and there will be a Committee vote in October.
Posted: May 18, 2017, 12:00 am
Thermographic image of a residence house in New Haven, CT, USA. © National Geographic Stock/Tyrone Turner / WWF15 May 2017 

In a vote today, Members of the European Parliament (1) failed to improve the European Commission's climate proposal in the Juncker investment plan (2), by
rejecting opportunities for an energy efficiency target and for ending fossil fuel support.

While endorsing the inclusion of  a 40% climate spending target as proposed by the Commission, they completely ignored the vote of the Parliament's Industry Committee on 3 April, where MEPs called for 20% of the climate target to be allocated to support energy efficiency projects.

This largely unnoticed and rather quick regulatory review will extend the Juncker plan until 2020 and increase it to half a trillion euros. Trilogue negotiations between all three institutions will begin immediately after today's vote.

Commenting on today's vote, Sébastien Godinot, senior economist at WWF European Policy Office, said:

"The Juncker plan should be used for climate action, not for climate destruction. With today's vote, the European Parliament has proved useless on climate change: they rejected a target for energy efficiency projects while maintaining support for fossil fuel projects incompatible with the Paris climate agreement they loudly supported.

EU institutions must wake up to the new reality of the Paris Agreement, and understand that it means putting an end to fossil fuel support. Haemorrhaging piles of public cash in unsustainable projects like gas infrastructure while the EU gas consumption is going down is absolutely nonsense."

Notes to the editors:

1) The Members of the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Budgets (BUDG) committees, the two lead committees on the file.
2) The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), launched in spring 2015 jointly by the European Commission and the EIB Group – the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund – is an initiative to mobilise private investments and catalyse new projects that implement strategic, transformative and productive investments with high economic, environmental and societal added value.
 
Contact:
Sarah Azau
Senior Communication Officer, WWF European Policy Office
sazau@wwf.eu
Tel: +32 473 57 31 37

 
Posted: May 15, 2017, 12:00 am
Melting iceberg on coast Qaanaaq, Greenland. © WWF / Staffan Widstrand/www.staffanwidstrand.seForeign Ministers meeting today in Fairbanks, Alaska, must take the opportunity to respond to an increasingly urgent climate crisis in the Arctic. The Arctic Council has just released a report that says even if countries meet their Paris Climate Agreement commitments, the Arctic will become a warmer, wetter, and decidedly different place. The eight Arctic states were responsible for more than 20% of global carbon dioxide emissions in 2015.

"WWF understands that Arctic states have decided that their work to limit climate change will be done mostly through the UN process," say Alexander Shestakov, Director of WWF's Arctic Programme, "but now while ministers are gathered they have an opportunity to agree on how to minimize damage to the Arctic and its peoples. They should take this opportunity to tell the world that they will take ambitious collective action through the UN process, and that they will add to this the necessary adaptation and resilience-building actions they can take in the Arctic."

Adaptation and resilience-building actions should include building on what the Council has already done to develop networks of Arctic specially-managed areas and identify important areas for Arctic wildlife that cross national borders. Because wildlife does not conveniently stay in the specially managed areas set aside for it, there must also be better harmonization of rules for industrial activities in the Arctic. 

Many of the Arctic's peoples are closely tied to the health of the Arctic environment, so what benefits wildlife will also likely benefit them, but they also need some additional actions from the Council, such as access to sustainable and affordable renewable energy, and help in identifying and implementing effective adaptation actions. 

As climate change, will stress Arctic wildlife and peoples, the Ministers should also direct the Council to do more to eliminate or limit additional stressors from industry. This includes an agreement to put in place adequate oil spill response capacity, limiting emissions of soot from shipping traffic and from gas flaring, stopping use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping, establishing principles for sustainable investment, and fully incorporating biodiversity goals into development plans.

Finally, Ministers should frame their agreement as a concrete long-term programme of work with measurable outcomes, and commit their respective countries to taking action on what they agree today. 

More on WWF's position on the Ministerial statement
Posted: May 11, 2017, 12:00 am
Flags flutter outside conference hall of COP21 held in Paris in December 2015 © IISD Reporting ServiceGLAND, Switzerland (7 May 2017) –The UN climate negotiations resume tomorrow in Bonn.
 
While negotiators will be getting into the details of implementing the Paris Agreement, outside attention is likely to be on the first major challenge to the global climate deal as the United States considers its future in the agreement.
 
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF's global Climate & Energy Practice, said: "The Paris Agreement is the world's collective response to tackling climate change. While politics and policies may change, science is giving us a clear and consistent message about climate change. We must stay focused on implementing the agreement to ensure greenhouse gas emissions are urgently reduced to keep global temperature increase to 1.5°C, and that vulnerable communities are protected from the climate impacts we are already experiencing.
 
"Acting now means that countries can tap the benefits resulting from greater climate action. This includes enhanced health, employment growth and new investment opportunities."
 
Strengthening the collaboration between governments and other actors is critical to accelerate climate action. "Collaboration among national governments, cities, business, regional governments and the public lies at the heart of unlocking these opportunities as rapidly as possible," he said. Continued support for strengthening the Marrakech Partnership can contribute to unlocking new opportunities for action.
 
Countries will have an opportunity around the Facilitative Dialogue in 2018 (2018 FD), to take stock of collective efforts towards the Paris Agreements' long-term objectives. A meaningful outcome of the 2018 FD will be a collective signal from countries that they intend to revise their NDCs with more ambitious targets. "We think a strong decision at COP23 setting out how the 2018 FD will be organised is essential," said Pulgar-Vidal.
 
Finally, progress in the negotiations in Bonn should allow for a comprehensive draft text on the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement at COP23, to be held in Bonn in November.

For further information, contact Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwf.org.za 
Posted: May 7, 2017, 12:00 am
More than 126,000 citizens recently called on European Health and Environment Ministers to Brussels, 28 April 2017 – Health, environment and climate groups have welcomed the decision today by EU Member States of new air pollution standards (LCP BREF) which will force the coal industry to reduce their toxic fumes and save more than 20,000 lives every year (1).

The new LCP BREF standards will require member states to tighten the limits of toxic pollutants like nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM) for all the coal-fired power plants as well as other power plants in the European Union. Air pollution limits for mercury have also been introduced for the first time. The new standards will have to be complied with by 2021.

The 280 coal-fired power plants in the EU produce one-quarter of all the electricity generated in the EU but are responsible for more than 70% of the EU's sulphur dioxide emissions and more than 40% of nitrogen oxide emissions from the industry sector.

"With this agreement, national governments will be creating large benefits for the health of many Europeans", commented Julia Gogolewska of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL). "The adoption of the LCP BREF is crucial for achieving clean air everywhere in Europe and needs to be applied by all governments and authorities to reduce existing inequalities related to air quality".  

"EU coal power plants will now either have to reduce their pollution or close down," said Darek Urbaniak, Senior energy policy officer at WWF European Policy Office. "We call on EU leaders to continually tighten these air pollution standards over time in order to protect our health and our environment. It is about time Europe quits its dirty coal addiction for good and invest in energy efficiency and renewables instead."

"We welcome the fact that EU Governments have finally taken responsibility and agreed to set new pollution limits to protect their citizens and environment. This is an imperative first step while the ultimate goal of the energy transition the EU committed to in the Paris Agreement, should be to phase out coal and switch to clean renewable energy and energy efficiency," commented Joanna Flisowska, Coal Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN Europe) on the outcome of the vote.

More than 126,000 citizens recently called on European Health and Environment Ministers to "clean up Europe's toxic air" in a Europe-wide petition (2) organised by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), WWF, and WeMove.EU.The 126 000 signatures were publicly presented today in an action staged in front of the European Commission and the Council of the EU in Brussels (3).

Contacts

Julia Gogolewska, Senior Policy Officer Energy and Health, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), julia@env-health.org, mobile: +49 176 307 651 77

Audrey Gueudet, Senior Communications and Media Officer, WWF European Policy Office, agueudet@wwf.eu, mobile: +32 494 032 027

Nicolas Derobert, Communications Coordinator, Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe), nicolas@caneurope.org, mobile: +32 483 62 18 88


Notes to the editor
  1. Lifting Europe's Dark Cloud - How cutting coal saves lives'. A 2016 report by EEB, CAN Europe, HEAL, Sandbag, and WWF: http://env-health.org/IMG/pdf/_lifting_europe_s_dark_cloud_-_final_report.pdf 
  2. EU petition to "clean up Europe's toxic air": https://act.wemove.eu/campaigns/coal-pollution
  3. Please find the picture of our joint NGOs action here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwf_eu/sets/72157683053201226
Posted: April 28, 2017, 12:00 am
Ranking of Member States' 2050 climate plans © WWF / FRANCFRANCOnly eleven EU Member States delivered a 2050 emissions reduction strategy by 2015 as required by EU law - and the strategies that were submitted vary hugely in quality. These are the findings of the EU LIFE-funded MaxiMiseR project from WWF's European Policy Office.

France's long-term strategy scored highest in the project's rankings, with a top score of 78%, followed by the UK with 71%. France's overall score was brought down by its low emissions reduction target of 75% by 2050. At the other end of the scale, Cyprus only scored 25%, partly because it only submitted a draft strategy.

"Strong decarbonisation strategies for 2050 and beyond are the backbone of EU climate action, so the fact that we are missing several key vertebrae is worrying", commented Imke Lübbeke, Head of Climate and Energy at WWF European Policy Office.

"A good low emissions strategy should be in line with our Paris Agreement climate goals, enforceable, transparent and developed with business and civil society input. A few countries are getting it partly right, and some - for example Germany - have already produced updated plans which are a good deal stronger than the 2015 versions - but a lot more must be done to ensure others catch up!" she added.
"Clear guidance from the EU, good enforcement mechanisms and regular reviews would help Member States reduce emissions while ensuring the well being and prosperity of all European citizens."

Overall, countries which submitted strategies scored best on 'public transparency' - making data and documents publicly available. However, they scored poorly on:
- Including stakeholders in the preparation of strategies
- Having their strategies and/or long-term targets enshrined in law
- Giving enough detail of how the plan will be implemented.Ensuring their strategies would be monitored and reviewed with a view to increasing ambition and making them stronger.

Results were mixed on how well strategies were integrated into broader economic, social and environmental objectives and how far they focused on the whole economy and included areas like land use, land use change and forestry (known as 'LULUCF').  

Read the report
See the ranking infographic

Notes to the editor:

The MaxiMiseR project analysed the climate strategies EU countries handed in by the 2015 deadline. Since then, a few countries - such as Germany in 2016 - have produced updated versions of these plans. MaxiMiseR will also analyse and report on these updates.

More on the MaxiMiseR project:

Immediate action is crucial in tackling climate change, but so is long-term thinking. The most effective long-term plans are ambitious, credible, based on the latest science and developed in a transparent and open way. 

EU countries were asked to submit long-term 'low carbon development strategies' in 2015, and to report on progress in 2017. WWF's MaxiMiseR project is evaluating EU countries' plans and seeing what works, to try and improve them.

As part of this process, it has analysed Emissions Trading System auctioning revenues to see how they can best be used to fund decarbonisation. It also built a webtool so users can easily access ETS data and pull out and compare national figures.

The MaxiMiseR project is financed by the EU's LIFE programme and the MAVA Foundation.
Website: www.maximiser.eu
Twitter: @MaxiMiseREU

Contact:
Sarah Azau
Senior Communications Officer, MaxiMiseR project
WWF European Policy Office
Tel: +32 473 57 31 37
sazau@wwf.eu
 
Posted: April 6, 2017, 12:00 am
Clothes on a washline © Global Warming Images(Stockholm, SWEDEN) 4 April, 2017 - Global fashion retailer H&M has joined Climate Savers, WWF's climate leadership programme for business, becoming the first textile company to do so.
 
Climate Savers aims to transform businesses into leaders of the low-carbon economy.
 
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF's global Climate & Energy Practice said, 
"Acting on climate change is no longer just crucial for the environment; it is also crucial for businesses. Companies have a big contribution to make and are increasingly aware of the impact they have on the planet. That's why progressive companies – like H&M - are taking bold leadership on climate change, and we welcome them to the Climate Savers programme."
 
The Climate Savers/H&M agreement will initially run until the end of 2020. As a Climate Savers company, H&M will focus on reducing its climate footprint through emissions reductions in its entire value chain, and engage in various activities that aim to positively influence the fashion industry as well as policy makers.
 
WWF supported H&M to develop a new strategy to address climate change which included setting ambitious short and long term targets to address climate impacts through their entire value chain as part of a broader transformational partnership between H&M and WWF. Specifically, H&M has set a short-term 2020 reduction target for their operational impact, and a long-term goal to become climate positive throughout their entire value chain by 2040 at the latest. The long term target means that the company will reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than it its value chain emits.
 
Pierre Börjesson, Global Sustainability Business Expert at H&M said: "It has never been more important than now to act on climate change. This is why H&M has committed to becoming climate positive by 2040 throughout the entire value chain – all the way from raw material extraction to products' end of life. This means we will go beyond minimising the negative consequences of our business to create a positive impact on climate. It's about acting responsibly as a company in this world, and also a way for our business to stay prosperous in the long run. We hope we can inspire more businesses to join us in fighting climate change."
 
To become climate positive, H&M will focus on energy efficiency measures and renewable energy investments. To address the unavoidable emissions, H&M and WWF will look at measures to strengthen the planet's ability to recover and resist climate change, as well as supporting technological innovations to absorb greenhouse gases.
 
Notes for Editors:
Climate Savers commitments and H&M's climate targets in short:
  • Reduce scope 1 & 2 emissions with 85% by 2020 compared to 2014.
  • Reduce the average energy consumption per square meter and opening hours in H&M Group Stores by 25% in 2030, compared to 2016.
  • Scaling up its climate policy engagement activities – H&M will actively work to influence and improve climate policies globally and regionally.
  • Aligning the targets to for the Science Based Targets initiative, which means setting reduction targets fully in line with climate science. 
  • Achieve a climate neutral supply chain for tier 1 and tier 2 by 2030 – this means that H&M will support tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers to have a net zero effect on climate.
  • Achieve a climate positive value chain 2040 – this means that by 2040, H&M will have reduced more GHG emissions than its value chain is responsible for.
For further information, contact:
Mandy Jean Woods +27 72 393 0027 mwoods@wwf.org.za 
Posted: April 4, 2017, 12:00 am
Increased climate impacts - like flooding - affects millions of people every year.  © Lieut. Cmdr Mark Moran, NOAA Corps, NMAO - AOCGLAND, Switzerland (28 March, 2017) –The US government today announced a decision to roll back components of the existing strategy for meeting its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement.
 
This action by the Trump Administration includes steps to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, a key component of the US' plan to deliver on its greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments.
 
In response, WWF's global Climate & Energy Practice Leader, Manuel-Pulgar Vidal, said: "Hampering the US' ability to deliver on its international climate commitments will impact the world's climate trajectory, but it will not define its outcome.
 
"Our ability to achieve the promise of the Paris Agreement does not rest on the actions of one government alone.  At COP22 held in Marrakech last year, French President Holland said the Paris Agreement is an 'irreversible' process. We agree.
 
"The speed and scale of meeting the climate challenge has always required global solutions from all parts of the international community. It is up to all of us to reaffirm our commitment for a clean energy future, and to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement.
 
"Companies and cities are not waiting to act; neither should we. Delivering on the Paris Agreement means more jobs, fewer health problems and increased access to cheaper, cleaner electricity. We have no time to lose: momentum remains on our side and together, we are unstoppable."
 
Carter Roberts, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-US said: "The leading nations of the world have come together in recent years to face the threat of climate change and to create the millions of new jobs needed for a renewable energy economy. Leadership from the United States proved critical in this success. 
 
"Now over 3.3 million Americans are employed in building low-carbon vehicles, cutting energy waste and providing clean energy to communities here at home, more than all US jobs from fossil fuels combined.
 
"Rolling back US commitments to cut carbon pollution not only harms the futures of our children and grandchildren, it undercuts our ability to compete in the massive growth in demand for renewable energy around the world. As recent polling from Yale University shows, a majority of Americans in every part of the country supports these kinds of pollution cuts from dirty power plants."
 
"This decision is at odds with the sweeping actions already being taken by companies, states, cities and communities across America, who are creating a future powered by clean energy, and who must now pick up the mantle of US climate leadership without the support of our federal government.
 
"In a world made safer by agreements between countries, today's decision would repeal the current US plan to meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement without providing a replacement. 
 
"We strongly urge President Trump and his administration to develop a clear and effective plan to meet our international commitments and safeguard our economy. We urge them to protect the American people and our communities as required under the Clean Air Act."

For more information, contact Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwf.org.za +27 72 393 0027
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:00 am
WWF's Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia, ten years on.  © Quentin Jones / AustraliaSINGAPORE, 26 March 2017 - An unprecedented 187 countries and territories came together for WWF's Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March to take a stand for climate action. More than 3,000 landmarks switched off their lights and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across seven continents stepped forward to change climate change. Online, #EarthHour and related terms generated over 1.1 billion impressions in 24 hours, trending in at least 30 countries worldwide.
 
This year's event marked the tenth anniversary of the Earth Hour movement, which started as a one-city event in Sydney in 2007, and comes at a time when the need for climate action is greater than ever. 2016 was the hottest year on record and ambitious action is needed by governments, companies and people, their biggest stakeholders, to meet the targets set in the landmark Paris Agreement that entered into force in November last year.
 
"Once again, the people have spoken through Earth Hour," said Sid Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour Global. "Whether you are in the Philippines, Peru or Portugal, climate change matters and the record participation in this year's Earth Hour is a powerful reminder that people, who are on the frontline of climate change, want to be a part of climate action."
 
Across the globe, Earth Hour is inspiring and mobilizing people to be a part of the climate action our planet urgently needs at a personal, community and national level.
 
In India, as the presidential residence Rashtrapati Bhavan and New Delhi's India Gate switched off their lights, thousands were encouraged to make the switch to renewable energy and LED lighting.
 
In Poland and Bulgaria, people have been uniting to raise their voice against laws and policies that threaten biodiversity and the ecosystems that provide clean air, water, food and stable climate, underpinning our wellbeing as well as that of the planet.  
 
"From the shrinking of Arctic ice to coral reef bleaching, there are clear indicators that we are pushing our planet to the edge - and it is together as a global community that we can turn it around. The grassroots must mobilize and join governments and companies toward stronger climate action - the time to act is now," added Das.
 
In his video statement for Earth Hour, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated the need for people to work together to build a sustainable, climate-resilient future.
 
This includes enhancing climate education among the young, such as in Bhutan and Guyana, where students are learning about climate and environmental issues in climate science centres and conservation lab sessions set up by WWF.
 
To mark the tenth anniversary of the movement, people also took to their social media timelines to express their solidarity with climate action, as skylines around the world participated in the global lights out event. From donating five posts on their Facebook page to changing their profile picture, thousands switched on their social power to raise their voice for a cause they believe in.

"Each light turned off or profile picture changed represents an individual who has made the switch from being a passive bystander to someone eager to be a part of the solution and that has been the energy that has made Earth Hour the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment today," said Das.
 
As the hour rolls to a close in the Pacific Ocean's Cook Islands, WWF and Earth Hour teams around the world will continue to empower individuals, communities, businesses and governments to be a part of climate action. Strengthened by the support shown this weekend, teams will renew the charge to tackle issues such as sustainable lifestyles in Singapore, India, Hong Kong and Indonesia, a transition toward renewables in South Africa, Hungary and Myanmar, and promoting stronger climate ambition and action in the UK, Spain and at the EU level.
 
Earth Hour 2017 by numbers (based on initial estimates on 26 March 2017, 8:30 a.m. GMT):
  • record participation by 187 countries and territories shining a light on climate action and issues such as renewable energy, sustainable lifestyles, protecting biodiversity and stronger climate policy. Seven countries have specifically focused their campaign on changing climate policy.
  • lights out at over 3,000 iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House (Sydney), Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (London), the Tokyo Tower (Tokyo), the Empire State Building (New York), Singapore Flyer (Singapore), the Pyramids of Egypt (Cairo), Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi), Monumento a la Independencia (Mexico City) and the Eiffel Tower (Paris);
  • over 3.5 billion impressions of official campaign hashtags between January and March 2017 with one-third of the impressions being generated between 25 and 26 March alone;
  • over 300 celebrities and influencers worldwide also raised their voice for climate action including WWF Global Ambassadors Jared Leto and Andy Murray as well as Li Bingbing, Ellie Goulding, Claudia Bahamon, Amitabh Bachchan and Forest Whitaker.
Since 2007, WWF's Earth Hour has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities to act for a sustainable future.
 
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Notes to Editors:
Images from Earth Hour events around the world can be found here and video footages are available here.
 
You can also find previous Earth Hour videos on the links indicated below:http://hive.panda.org/Share/xvl8v858j4yr7u805f5lbvkaf8e002v3

To know more about WWF's work on climate policy and action, please visit http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/climate_carbon_energy/
 
For more information, please contact:
Rucha Naware, WWF International: rnaware@wwfint.org; +32465751339
Julien Anseau, WWF International: janseau@wwfint.org; +6590601957
Posted: March 26, 2017, 12:00 am
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