Caribbean Islands Celebrate Earth Hour

On Saturday March 23 2024, governments, and companies on the most islands of the Dutch Kingdom joined forces for nature during WWF-Earth Hour. The lighting of bridges, buildings and streetlights at various locations were switched off for one hour as a signal for the vulnerable nature that is threatened by climate change, among other things.

WWF-NL is the driving force behind Earth Hour in the Netherlands, but events are now being organized spontaneously throughout the country. WWF-NL approached governments and companies in the Dutch Caribbean to participate in Earth Hour, which took place worldwide on March 23 from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM local time. This call received massive support.

Department of Nature & Environment in Aruba © Dienst Natuur en Milieu

With the cooperation of Curaçao Ports Authority and Aqualectra, the area around the Queen Emma bridge, the Handelskade and the Governor’s Palace was dark. Government organizations on Aruba, St. Eustatius and Saba, energy company STUCO N.V. and telecommunications company Eutel N.V. turned off the lights in their buildings. Port St. Maarten disconnected the non-essential lights of the Causeway Bridge and Saba Electric Company powered down the streetlights in 3 parts of the island (Hell’s Gate Guts, Well’s Bay Road, and Fort Bay Road). WWF-NL also encouraged the local community to join Earth Hour.

Fort Bay Road in Saba © Saba Electric Company

House of citizens in Statia © Government of Statia

Earth Hour is an annual initiative of the international WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). The initiative started in Sydney in 2007 as a small-scale action to draw attention to climate change. In the years since, it has grown into the world’s largest movement for the protection of nature. In addition to shutting down the lights, the nature organization encourages everyone to do something positive for nature for more than 60 minutes (hence the 60+ logo): for example, eat plant-based more often, recycle more, plant a tree, etc.

Earth Hour logo © WWF-NL / Clayton Lanoy

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