Mexico City celebrates ‘Earth Hour’
The Government of Mexico City, through the Ministry of the Environment (SEDEMA), joined for the eighth year in the worldwide event now celebrating it's 10th Anniversary. The yearly event is led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
During the Earth Hour period in Mexico City, 87 buildings went dark, 69 of them were government buildings, including the Old Palace of the City Council. In addition to 24 emblematic sites, 10 delegation headquarters and 8 hotels.
“Earth Hour” is considered the largest movement in the world, which aims to protect the environment and promote climate action during the 365 days of the year.
The city Mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa, called on citizens to participate in “Earth Hour”, which in its tenth edition added 350 cities, 200 organizations and 150 companies around the world.
“It is an important awareness, one must be talking about it, insisting on change, many people are increasingly clear that Climate Change is a reality and that it is very important that we take action in the matter and face the challenges. So far Mexico City has improved our application of ‘Air CDMX’ to keep people informed, and of course, taking other actions,” the mayor said.
In the Angel of Independence, Environment Secretary Tanya Müller García and WWF Mexico Interim Director Jorge Rickards lowered the switch symbolically from 20:30 to 21:30 hours. The Angel remained luminated by green lights during the hour of observation.
Jorge Rickards acknowledged there has been a great commitment of the Government of Mexico City for several years, “we have seen for example with the adoption of metrobuses, confined lanes, the creation of cycle lanes, and stations for bicycles, all have worked very well,” he said.
During the event, images and short films about the environment were projected, with the theme: “The Mexico that we must preserve”.
This projection is called “zero emissions”, since the energy used was generated by bicycles and solar cells. Similarly, a figure of a panda (the WWF logo) was lit with 1,100 candles.
In addition to the Angel of Independence, the Monument to the Revolution, the Glorieta de La Palma, the Monument to Álvaro Obregón, the Monument to Columbus, the Diana Cazadora, the Cuauhtémoc Monument, the Spanish Casino, The Museum of the Estanquillo, the Plaza Tlaxcoaque, the Museum of the Cárcamo de Dolores, the Natural History and the Altar to the Motherland all went dark during the hour.
The Library of UNAM, Fine Arts Museum, National Palace, Cathedral, Tlatelolco University Cultural Center and Moisco Kiosk, among others also participated.
Under the motto: “The first planet, no one will stop you”, in 2017 Earth Hour began according to the time usage in Australia; Emblematic buildings around the world such as the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Taipei 101 of Taiwan were extinguished.
The challenge of this initiative is to mobilize the cities of the country to the transition towards a sustainable future, calling on local governments (municipalities and / or metropolitan areas) to sign plans, projects and actions against Climate Change. Greenhouse Effect and mitigation and adaptation goals, with emphasis on sustainable urban mobility policies.
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