Image by @laisladelosmonos from the Perivian Rainforest. Did you know that deforestation is responsible for up to 20% of all carbon emissions globally? This year #EarthHour 2013 has a particular focus on forests. Yesterday the WWF-Russia team reached 100,000 signatures on their petition for protective forests, which could be the catalyst to reinstate a ban on industrial logging in an area equal to twice the size of France.
Image by @sammythowe, travelling down the Amazon in Peru. Did you know the Amazon is home to one in ten known species on Earth? The rain forests contain up to 140 billion metric tons of carbon, and help stabilize local and global climate. Deforestation may release significant amounts of this carbon. You can create or accept an #IWIYW challenge that encourages people to plant trees, use recycled paper or sign a petition to prevent ecological damage & deforestation to the #Amazon.
Image by @hannejac from the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. Reforestation is one of the main theme's for this year's I Will If You Will campaign for Earth Hour. More than 1 million trees are to be planted in Botswana as part of the former President's IWIYW challenge to the nation. The world's first Earth Hour Forest will also begin in Uganda, with more than 2750 ha of land secured for reforestation of the Pearl of Africa.
We are so honored that Nelson Mandela has shared this message in support of #EarthHour 2013. How are you celebrating today? Together we can find the energy to turn the inspiration of one hour into the actions of every hour.
Image by @sfenvironment in San Francisco, one of the finalists in the #EarthHour #CityChallenge. This year there are 17 finalist cities from around the world who are in the running to be the Global Earth Hour Capital, for their efforts towards helping create a 100% renewable future. To vote for your favourite, simply upload a photo from one of the finalist cities using one of the hash-tags listed on www.ehcitychallenge.org/peopleschoice