Earth Hour 2018 – Let Nature Shine | WWF Hong Kong

Earth Hour 2018 – Let Nature Shine

24 March 2018

[Hong Kong, 24 March 2018] Between 8:30 and 9:30pm tonight, Hong Kongers joined hands with millions of people across 180 countries to switch off non-essential electric lights and Let Nature Shine, with a total of 11,200 pledges. The Symphony of Lights over Victoria Harbour, Government House, Legislative Council Complex, Tsing Ma Bridge, IFC, ICC, the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and the giant billboard outside Sogo Department store in Causeway Bay all went dark for the world’s largest environmental movement, WWF’s Earth Hour.
At the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, WWF-Hong Kong hosted a countdown ceremony with guest of honour Mr Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR joining Mr Shun Chi-ming, JP, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr Edward M. Ho, Chairman of the Board of WWF-Hong Kong; Mr Peter Cornthwaite, CEO of WWF-Hong Kong and Earth Hour ambassadors, Ms Kay Tse and Mr Jason Chan for a countdown ceremony highlighting the effects of climate change and the importance of living sustainably.
The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing said: "2018 is a new milestone in the development of renewable energy in Hong Kong. A series of innovative environmental measures will enhance the collaboration among the government, the commercial sector and the community to promote low carbon living and the development of renewable energy. The budget proposes to provide enhanced tax concessions for enterprises to encourage them to procure eligible energy efficient building installations and renewable energy devices." 
Mr. Raymond Wong, Director of Everbright Environmental Protection Charity Foundation, Executive Director & CFO of CEIL said, “Turning lights off is a simple yet effective way to safeguard our biodiversity. We hope every person and group in Hong Kong to keep this promise by reducing carbon footprint and living sustainably. Every effort counts – together we can change climate change, make Hong Kong a sustainable city and let nature shine.”
Mr Edward M. Ho, Chairman of the Board of WWF-Hong Kong, said, “The conversation we have started tonight about reversing the loss of our biodiversity and reducing our carbon footprint will continue beyond Earth Hour with our Energy Challenge. We are throwing down the gauntlet to everyone in Hong Kong to follow up this one hour by pledging to reduce their energy usage by 1% over a 12-month period.”