The lights of many Hungarian landmarks and institutions were turned off on Saturday evening for an hour as the country joined the Earth Hour movement.
Because of the lockdown in Hungary due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many participating institutions such as restaurants or museums were closed.
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In order to properly mark the event, this year’s Earth Hour took place in a digital way, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) informed Xinhua in a press statement.
“In the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, the Earth Hour is also a sign of solidarity for the planet: communities around the world are organizing their events digitally. WWF is also relocating this year’s Earth Clock to the online world,” the press release said.
WWF Hungary was asking people to step up to preserve the planet with one or more commitments from March 28, and to announce what they would do differently in their lives to protect nature and sustainability if life returns again to the normal wheel.
Organizers were asking people to share their engagement as public posts on community platforms. The commitment can be a text post, a video or even a poem that is recited.
Earth Hour is a global initiative first launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007 and soon became a popular movement worldwide.
On every last Saturday of March, individuals, communities, enterprises and government departments around the globe are encouraged to turn off their lights for an hour, with the purpose of inspiring reflections and actions regarding environmental issues.