Bhutan goes beyond the hour
On 29th March, over 400 volunteers joined WWF on a campaign to clean up a 2.5 km stretch of the Thimphu river. Within three hours of the cleaning campaign, over 3.5 metric tonnes of waste was collected.
Yeshey Dorji, the Minister of Agriculture and Forests said, “Earth Hour serves as a timely reminder to the global community that environmental challenges are putting our future at risk. It is a time for us to look these challenges in the eye and realise the seriousness of their implications.”
This set the mood for the rest of the evening where the crowd lit up candles and signed pledges to make their own individual contributions in leading a conservation-friendly lifestyle.
On the other hand, in a true spirit of the Earth Hour campaign, there also were independent programs organized by other individuals and organizations to mark the hour. Earth Hour is now, not just a WWF initiative but a campaign the is engrained in the minds and hearts of every conservationist.