Earth Hour 2022: Everyone has the power to shape our future
In 2022, Earth Hour was on Saturday 26th of March at 8.30 pm.
The OCSD partnered with the Mayor’s Office to seek videoclips that inspire and engage participation in hopeful visions for the future in celebration of Earth Hour. This year, in keeping with the global Earth Hour theme, we looked at the future, in the context of the past and present, and asked the community to engage actively in shaping the future.
As well as joining the symbolic action of switching off lights during Earth Hour, we are involved in two community activities:
- Shaping our Future: Changes over time
- Disconnect to Reconnect
1. Shaping our Future: Changes Over Time 24th-26th March
We asked the community, to consider how Gibraltar is changing over time and to get involved by identifying a space, place, team, organization and show us how it has changed over time and how you would like it to be in 2030.
There were many creative responses! The 60-90 seconds videoclips captured these changes over time and were posted on social media. To align with the 2022 WWF EarthHour theme, the videoclips ended with the following phrase:
‘Everyone has the power to shape our future….for us and future generations…’
The campaign was launched by His Worship the Mayor, Christian Santos. Full press release can be accessed here
The Commissioner, Prof. Daniella Tilbury, who co-leads this campaign formed part of the WWF Australia Board and team that had established the movement in Sydney in 2007. Since then, Earth Hour has become the world’s largest grassroots effort for the environment, engaging millions of people across more than 190 countries and territories. Carmel Khalilian, Futures Forward Academy supported this years’ campaign.
Gibraltar Botanic Gardens
PD Mary De Santos, Royal Gibraltar Police
2. Disconnect-Reconnect 26th March
A series of events that serve to engage people with nature and our environment have been arranged by OTWO and Whole Wild World across different locations around Gibraltar. The Office of the Commissioner is pleased to collaborate with a number of local organisations in support of Earth Hour.
All activities challenged the community to spend as much of the day as possible disconnected from technology and electronics. The walks and events where promoted on GBC’s The Hub by Jessica Leaper and Vanessa Byrne.
The coloured codes below give access to the walking routes and the community are encouraged to make use of these during the year.
The Moorish Castle and north face of the Rock lights were switched off for Earth hour. Many government departments and organisations also joined on the 26th March at 8.30 pm.
OWTO's Jessica Leaper and Vanessa Byrne on GBC's The Hub