Nearly 7,000 people have joined big raising awareness parade in the cities of Antananarivo, Morondava, Ambilobe and Toliara to celebrate " Earth Hour", a worldwide annual event that was celebrated simultaneously in 172 countries around the world on Saturday, March 25th. "Earth Hour" is an event mean to engage people to fight against climate change.
In Madagascar, thousands of citizens joined the parades animated by a choregraphy-flashmob which invites to adopt eco-actions, small commitments for natural resources preservation and the fight against climate change.
Planting a tree, closing the tap while brushing our teeth, throwing away the snack packaging in the trash, reusing the shower water for toilets... small actions that multiplied by 7,000 eco-actions will become the Great Island cleaner and greener island.
"Earth Hour" is a global environmental movement launched by WWF in 2007. It involves making a gesture to the planet by cutting off lights and unplugging non-essential electrical appliances for an hour, from 20:30 to 21:30 every last Saturday in March. In its early days, a symbolic event in the Australian city of Sydney, "Earth Hour" became the world's largest popular environmental movement. Today, 172 countries, including Madagascar, celebrate "Earth Hour".
This year, "Earth Hour" was celebrated on Saturday, March 25 all over the world under the theme of climate. The idea is to involve young people more in the fight against climate change. In Madagascar, an organizing committee of about twenty committed young people has opted to organize awareness-raising activities in schools, colleges and universities to mark the celebration around the theme of ecogests with the motto "Namako ny Tany" (My friend, the Earth).
The committee is formed by WWF Madagascar, the Indian Ocean Climate Network (RCOI), 2HY Faire Lien, Energy Advisory Group (GRE), Green N Kool, GIZ, Municipal Library English Club, Clubs Vintsy, Fakotory, Zero Hero and many volunteer university students.
The “Namako ny Tany” ecogest theme invites young people to respond to climate change individually by adopting new habits of environmental protection and preservation of natural resources.The idea was that all sensitized youth can adopt a commitment or eco-friendly attitude before the celebration "Earth Hour" and share it at the carnivals that were held on March 25 in Antananarivo, Toliara and Morondava.
In order to further increase awareness, a video-photo competition was also launched to invite young people to showcase eco-visual records of their own choice to broadcast their example of commitment to the planet.
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Citizens of the cities of Tana, Tuleara and Morondava are invited to join marches and share their eco-gestures through banners, posters, disguises and even through dance or music. A large flash mob symbolizing eco-gestures will be made during the march to ensure the entertainment of the participants.
In Tana, the march will start at 9:30 am from the Ministry of Transport and Meteorology ANOSY to Mahamasina, in front of the municipal stadium. It will culminate in garbage recycling workshops and a grand podium of music, dance and eco-gestures led by comedian Francis Turbo.
In Morondava, the carnival will start at 8am from the Maison des jeunes to the Alliance Française, and at 15h30 a grand festive and musical podium on the theme of eco-gestures.
In Tuléar, the carnival will take place on March 24, from Notre Dame de Nazarath school to the CEG Center.
In Ambilobe, an extensive campaign of regional reforestation of mangroves is organized with the grassroots communities of the five districts making up the region and the regional authorities.
In Andapa, the traditional candlelit dinner to mark the event and raise awareness of the climate change impacts will be held in a city restaurant, with the participation of WWF's partners, notables and local team.