Earth Hour 2019, Malawi

“There aren’t many lights to switch off here, but we can switch the desertification into forests”

Earth Hour is a global movement that encourages people to conserve power. Organised by the WWF and volunteer organisations worldwide, Earth Hour was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 180 countries (Malawi included) and territories worldwide. Earth Hour 2019 was observed on 30 March 2019, between 20:30 and 21:30. CITW members organised a number of activities during the day in respect of Earth Hour that night.

CITW Eco-Club and YES Club members from Mgodi, Chintheche and Chihame primary schools took part in the observation of Earth Hour this year.

With the support of Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS), CITW joined in with Root to Fruit to organise a number of community training sessions on how to plant trees and care for them. Eco- Clubs and some community members attended these short sessions.

After the training sessions, each group of three Eco-Club members planted a tree and pledged to take care of it until it is fully grown.

Participants in CITW Malawi 2019 Earth Hour activities:

•             Eco-Club members: 72

•             YES Club members: 36

•             Eco-Club teachers/mentors: 9

•             Root to Fruit staff: 5

•             Community members: 16

•             Trees planted: 60