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200 converge for Earth Hour celebrations

Salaseini Vosamana
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

WET weather conditions failed to dampen the spirits of more than 200 people in Labasa who converged to celebrate Earth Hour at St Mary's Primary School over the weekend.

Organised by Pride Labasa under Jessi Computers, the event saw people coming from as far as Wailevu, Vunivau, Bulileka and Tabia outside the northern town on Saturday night.

Event organiser Aaron Singh said this was the first-ever Earth Hour celebration hosted in Labasa where people came together to take positive action for the environment by switching off their lights for one hour. "We decided to organise this event to celebrate our commitment to the planet and also to take actions against environmental impact," Mr Singh said.

"This is a bilateral effort between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Pride Labasa as we work towards encouraging people to take part in reducing climate change.

"We organised dance entertainments, quiz competitions, free popcorn giveaways, refreshments and animated movies to complement the night's celebration," he said.

Mr Singh said they had also planned to include business houses in the next Earth Hour celebration come 2013 to make it even bigger and better.

"We are aiming to engage the stakeholders in Labasa to the next celebration so it's going to be better than this year," he said.

WWF's South Pacific Program national project co-ordinator portraits of resilience Monifa Fiu dedicated the celebration to flood victims in the Western Division.

"Light a candle for your friends, families and relatives in the West as they try to overcome the ordeal of climate change," Ms Fiu said.

"This is a symbolic move and a bold step in trying to reduce environmental impacts on the lives of our loved ones affected by the heavy rain and flooding in the west."