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Youth and Education News

March 1, 2013

Introducing the Earth Hour Forest
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Earth Hour 2013 will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30PM local time.

The World: Earth Hour is the worldís largest environmental campaign. In 2012, more than 7001 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories supported Earth Hour by switching off their lights. This powerful message is a major call for action to save the planet.

The Earth Hour Global Team is based in Singapore. They coordinate campaign operations across the world by working with teams and partners in more than 152 countries. Earth Hour happens because committed people  work tirelessly to get lights switched off.

In addition, more than 200,000 people have accepted the I Will If You Will challenges on YouTube. They're making an ongoing commitment to our planet and a sustainable future.

Earth Hour is the largest movement for the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities, 152 countries with a digital reach of 200 million. Earth Hour is much, much more than a symbolic action of switching off lights for an hour; itís a continuous movement driving actions, big and small, that are changing the world we live in.

Check for activities near you.

This year, the world's first Earth Hour Forest will be created to fight deforestation in the East African country of Uganda.  Every month, more than 6000 hectares of forest is destroyed, most for wood fuel.  The rapid deforestation rate is threatening to wipe out the entire green cover of the
'Pearl of Africa'.

So far, Earth Hour has secured more than 2,700 hectares of land. Their goal is to fill it with at least 500,000 indigenous trees as part of the Earth Hour 2013 campaign. Businesses, government officials and individuals are taking up the challenge.  Leading the way is Standard Chartered Bank - Uganda, which has already committed to plant 250,000 trees. Uganda's Minister of State for Environment has personally pledged to plant 1,000.

Fun from Earth Hour!

Virtual Lantern
Customize your very own virtual lantern to show your support for Earth Hourís lights out campaign. Choose from a variety of colors, and decorate it with your own special touches. Make sure you share your creation with your friends to help spread the word.
Pocoyo Activity Book
Earth Hour Kid's Ambassador Pocoyo has created this fantastic activity book packed with games and ideas to show kids how helping the environment can be fun!
Lights Out Game
Itís a race against the clock to turn off all the lights for Earth Hour! How many can you switch off before time runs out?
Pocoyo's Earth Hour Ocean Clean Up Game
If 100,000 people play the Ocean Clean Clean Up game, Pocoyo will collect ocean debris. Get involved and together with Pocoyo, teach your kids about preserving our oceans by keeping them clean and healthy!

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