Earth Hour is a worldwide global environmental grassroots movement for solidarity of climate action of the planet organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held 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. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement and continues to harness the collective power of its millions of supporters to shine a light on climate action and the power of the individual to stand united in our ambition to change climate change.
To commemorate Earth Hour 2017- ‘Shine a Light on Climate Action’, CYEN- in Saint Lucia decided to host an essay competition for sixth grade primary school students and video competition for secondary school students centred around shining a light on our oceans.
The Earth Hour Schools Competition prize giving ceremony was held on Friday, April 21, at the Department of Fisheries conference room, Pointe Seraphine, Castries from 10:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.
The Essay competition winners were: first place- Swann Augustin (Micoud Primary School), second place- Bernella Francois (Reunion Primary School) and third place- Shernessa Joseph (Ti-Rocher Combined -Micoud).
Video competition winners: first place -Hadassah Romulus (Leon Hess Comprehensive Secondary School) and second place- Khadiyah Halliday (St. Joseph’s Convent).
Key sponsors handed over their gifts of sponsorship and provided brief remarks at the ceremony; prize winners also provided brief remarks tailored to the theme of the essay and video competition to encourage Saint Lucia and Saint Lucian youth to help contribute to improving and sustaining our blue economy (seas/oceans).
This was an excellent opportunity to further highlight our prize winners, event sponsors and take the lead for Shining a light on Climate Action to emphasize the need for an environmentally responsible and sustainable future, starting with every public and private entity in Saint Lucia.