National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) has partnered with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in marking what is anticipated to be the worlds largest ever display of voluntary action Earth Hour 2011. The event to be held at 8.30pm on 26th March 2011 at KICC grounds, will see Kenyans join hundreds of millions of people in cities, towns and municipalities across every continent, turning off lights for one designated hour to celebrate the positive actions they are taking for the planet.
In Kenya, the event will be marked through a concert at KICC grounds which will be headlined by top Kenyan artists including: Juliani, Achieng Abura, Daddy Owen and Emmy Kosgei. DNG and Daniel Ndambuki (Churchill) will be the event MCs.
Earth Hour is a channel through which individuals, communities, businesses and governments from all corners of the globe can show their commitment to ongoing change in behavior that will reduce their environmental impact on the planet.
KICC will join landmarks as diverse as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Gateway of India in Mumbai, Berlin’s Brandenberg Gate, Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, the Obelisk in Argentina, and UNESCO World Heritage sites Denmark’s Kronborg Castle and the Alhambra in Spain, and Pakistan’s National Mausoleum, all standing in darkness for one hour, representative of the world’s largest voluntary action for the planet.
The event comes after two successful editions in 2009 and 2010. Nairobi city was among 65 national capitals and 9 of the 10 most populated metropolises on the planet to mark 2009 Earth Hour. People gathered in parks streets, town squares and homes around Kenya to witness the lights going out on iconic landmarks, UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, homes and social places. In the year 2010, hundreds of Kenyans joined the people in 125 other countries and regions around the world for Earth Hour.