EARTH HOUR 2019: RESIDENTS OF ARKHANGELSK REGION AND REPUBLIC OF KHAKASSIA SHOW MOST ACTIVE POSITION TOWARD ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, this year, Earth Hour is planned on March 30, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. As a part of the event, the Fund is conducting a survey dedicated to the ecological situation in the Russian regions and ecological awareness of citizens.
The survey may end up the largest query in the history of the event: every year Earth Hour attracts at least 100,000 online participants. With the survey, WWF aims to find out which environmental problems the Russians are concerned about, and what they are doing to solve these problems.
The experts predict that the most active phase of the survey will take place at the end of the month. At the beginning of April, WWF will reveal the results of the survey. Meanwhile, ecologists bring intermediate results. So far, the survey received responses of 20,000 participants approximately.
The best ecological situation, according to the residents, is in the Altai Republic, Orel Region, and the Kabardino-Balkar Republic followed closely by the Republic of North Ossetia – Alania, Kamchatka Krai, and the Karachay-Cherkess Republic.
This is the reverse of the situation in Smolensk, Omsk, and Ivanovo Regions, which are estimated to have negative ecological conditions.
The greatest concern is related to the use of nonrecycled disposable plastic (on average, 32 points out of 100). On second position, there are two problems: the lack of separate garbage selection facilities and air pollution (each has 39 points). The situation with forests, according to the survey, is the least alarming (51 points). But ecologists are of a different opinion: they believe the Russians simply are not aware of the forest issues.
The WWF experts expect to get the largest feedback in all the history of the event. The more people take part in it, the more information the organizers obtain, which will help them better coordinate environmental activities of citizens, state, and NGOs.
In Earth Hour Day, Russian cities are hosting entertainment and educational events to raise environmental awareness. In Moscow, the event is organized together with the Moscow Government. The main venue will be in Zaryadye Park, with a performance of the popular Russian singer MakSim. The list of facilities that will join Earth Hour 2019 includes the buildings on Novy Arbat and Tverskaya streets, hotels and stations, Zaryadye Park, and VDNH pavilions.
More than 200 Russian cities are competing for the title of Earth Hour Capital. Speaking at a press conference, Anton Komolov, TV and radio host and Earth Hour ambassador, told that the competition for the title of Earth Hour Capital is being organized for the fourth time. Last year, Lipetsk was the winner.
Earth Hour 2019 is very special for the World Wide Fund as in this year WWF Russia celebrates its 25th anniversary. As a part of the celebration, the Fund has initiated a bright collaboration with the famous artist Pokras Lampas. Traditionally, we use a symbolic switch to shut off the lights in Moscow for Earth Hour. Pokras turned it into a real objet d'art. The 200-kilogram sculpture made of metal, concrete, and cement is decorated with “calligrafuturistic” font pattern.