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(SNO) — The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) in Saint Lucia will be observing ‘Earth Hour’ on March 30 with a multi-generational relay.
‘Earth Hour’ is observed every March, during which individuals, communities, households and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., as a symbol of their commitment to the planet.
The relay will be held in both the north and the south of Saint Lucia, as a symbol of the collaborative efforts of persons from all generations in society, needed to promote biodiversity awareness, conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
“The relay in the north will begin at Royalton, continue through Gros Islet village, and end at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, while the relay in the south will take place simultaneously, starting from Moule a Chique and ending in Il Parata and will take place between 8:30 and 9:30 pm,” the organization explained. “Relay participants will symbolically pass on the baton through the generations to highlight the importance of succession in advocating for and conserving the environment in the long-term.”
Additionally, as part of the awareness-raising campaign, various social media hashtags will be used and shared as the date and time for Earth Hour approaches, CYEN said.
“During the relays, green champions and environmental guardians will be stationed at each torch exchange point showcasing posters with environmental messages to motorists and pedestrians alike,” it stated. “This endeavour aims to spark constructive conversation on climate change and strike a chord for greater commitment toward preserving Saint Lucia’s rich biodiversity.”
CYEN is now encouraging all Saint Lucians to promote the hashtags: #EarthHour #Connect2Earth and #Connect2SaintLucia campaigns on social media and in their communities to support the movement, as well as observe Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 30, by turning off non-essential lights.
CYEN Saint Lucia is a branch of the regional CYEN body which focuses on issues both locally and regionally, and engages the youth with the support of international organisations, government institutions and the private sector, to positively impact the society, specifically in areas of poverty alleviation, youth employment, health, climate change, disaster resilience, conservation, waste management and natural resource management.