|Earth Hour Organizers alongside Councilor Pablo Ico, Mayor Elsa Paz and Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. (Photo Courtesy of WWF)|
|One business that turned off its lights during Earth Hour was Elvi’s Kitchen. Kudos!|
This year marked the first year that Belize and other countries within the wider Central American region joined the world in celebrating Earth Hour. Significant on-the-ground campaign efforts were carried throughout Belize, to try to secure an outpouring of public support. San Pedro Town was no exception, as many residents and business owners turned off their lights on Saturday, March 28th, for one hour in support of the event, and flocked to the Boca Del Rio Park.
Close to 800 walked through the principal streets of San Pedro in a candlelit walk which ended at the Boca Del Rio Park where several activities took place. Those activities included a campfire, story telling and dance presentations which were organized by the San Pedro Junior College.
In Belize City, close to 500 actively participated in the walk, campfire or gala dinner, in Belmopan residents participated in a torch run and in Corozal many went out and participated in a candlelight walk. The people of Glovers Reef Atoll actively participated in the nationwide response to Earth Hour and a number of homes and businesses took off their lights.
Commenced in 2007 as a collaborative agreement between Sydney, Australia and the World Wildlife Fund, and since 2008 it has become a global movement, Earth Hour offers the opportunity for a global environmental action to voice our collective concern about climate change. In 2008, more than 50 million people around the globe participated. In 2009, Earth Hour aimed to reach out to 1 billion people in 1,000 cities.