While the world is experiencing a global pandemic first-hand, it’s clear that it does not require much more than staying at home to drastically reduce the pollution levels of our air and on our streets.
Breathe in the fresh air while it lasts. NASA announced that the levels of nitrogen dioxide produced from factories (a toxic gas which causes significant inflammation of the airways) have decreased by up to 30 per cent across eastern and central China. In Milan and other parts of northern Italy, it has fallen by approximately 40 per cent – That’s major! “This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event,” shared Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Have we made a convincing case as to why you need to participate in Earth Hour’s 2020 initiative? Taking place on Saturday 28 March 2020 for one hour only, 8.30pm to 9.30pm Gulf standard time; all you have to do to make a difference is the bear minimum of switching your lights off for this duration.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the wheel, all Earth Hour events in aim to spread awareness on the importance of climate change have been cancelled. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t use your virtual voice to help spread the word. Download UAE’s Earth Hour social media kit here or make a donation in support of Emirates Nature and WWF’s fight against climate change here.
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