Ready For Earth Hour? ‘Connect 2 Earth’ Relay Race

Earth Hour 2019under the theme ‘Connect2Earth’ will be commemorated by CYEN (Caribbean Youth Environment Network) on Saturday30. The main event in commemoration of Earth Hour will be a multi-generational relay in both the north and the south of Saint Lucia, as a symbol of the collaborative efforts of persons from all generations in society, needed to promote biodiversity awareness, conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation.The relay in the north will begin at Royalton, continue through Gros Islet village, and end at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, while the relay in the south will take place simultaneously starting fromMoule a Chiqueand ending in Il Parata and will take place between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Relay participants will symbolically pass on the baton through the generations to highlight the importance of succession in advocating for and conserving the environment in the long-term.

As part of the awareness-raising campaign, various social media hashtags will be used and shared as the date and time for Earth Hour approaches. During the relays, green champions and environmental guardians will be stationed at each torch exchange point showcasing posters with environmental messages to motorists and pedestrians alike.This endeavour aims to spark constructive conversation on climate change and strike a chord for greater commitment toward preserving Saint Lucia’s rich biodiversity.

All Saint Lucians are encouraged to promote the #EarthHour #Connect2Earth and #Connect2Saint Lucia campaigns on social media and in their communities to support the movement, as well as observe Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on March 30, by turning off non-essential lights. The support of the public is crucial in the success of this awareness-raising endeavour, which is also a tool to empower others through solidarity to ‘Shine a Light on Climate Action in Saint Lucia’.

For more information or if you want to collaborate with us, contact the CYENNational Coordinator, Snaliah Mahal, or Event Coordinators, Ms. Shanice Butcherat 1 (758) 719-3943 or 486-1593 respectively, or emailstlucianc@gmail.com. Also, visit our Facebook page Caribbean Youth Environment Network- Saint Lucia and Instagram @CYENSLU.

About CYEN

The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) in Saint Lucia is a non-profit, civil society organization that focuses its resources on empowering young people and their communities to develop programmes and actions which address socio-economic and environmental issues. CYEN – Saint Lucia is a branch of the regional CYEN body which focuses on issues both locally and regionally, and engages the youth with the support of international organizations, government institutions and the private sector, to positively impact the society, specifically in areas of poverty alleviation, youth employment, health, climate change, disaster resilience, conservation, waste management and natural resource management.

More About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is observed annually in March in various countries across the globe. During this event, individuals, communities, households and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., as a symbol of their commitment to the planet. It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

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