What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour was started in 2007 by WWF and other organizations to engage people around the world to switch off their lights to show support for our planet.
It is now one of the world's biggest grassroots movements for the environment.
Earth Hour has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people and collective action.
Why should we care about Earth Hour?
With your support, Earth Hour 2020 could be a spotlight moment that puts nature at the center of international conversations. Together, we can speak up and show world leaders and other decision-makers around the globe that nature matters and urgent action must be taken to reverse nature loss.
We welcome everyone to take part in Earth Hour 2020 and help amplify our mission to unite people to protect our planet.
While many of us are quarantined for our safety, we in the GYBN community need to unite to keep the fight for our Earth and biodiversity alive.
Here is how you can join us:
Each participating GYBN member can post on social media using a photo, video, or text post to tell the world how they are using their days in lockdown to formulate and implement environmentally-conscious activities. It is important that we share our actions during this critical time to show that we can still raise our collective voices to secure a New Deal for Nature and People, even if this year we are doing it from the safety of our homes.
The time for us to Unite for Nature is now. Join us and participate!
The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is an international network of 340 youth organizations, representing more than 680,000 youth from 145 countries whose common goal is to prevent the loss of biodiversity. GYBN represents the voice of global youth in the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), raises awareness among young people of the values of biodiversity, and connects individuals and youth organizations in order to build a global coalition to halt the loss of biodiversity.
As the official coordination platform for youth participation in the negotiations under the CBD, GYBN is committed to bringing the opinions and positions of young people into the political process, empowering young people to take action. Recognized and supported by the CBD Secretariat, GYBN seeks to inspire global youth and future leaders to work for the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity for a healthy environment and society.
GYBN was created as the result of an international initiative by young people who participated in CBD COP10 in 2010, and was officially established in 2012.
The network is coordinated by an international steering committee and is entirely run by young people for young people.