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The Climate Conversations Podcast: Can Earth Hour produce long-term change?


Each year, millions of people worldwide pledge to turn off or dim their lights for 60 minutes as part of Earth Hour. But beyond the symbolic 'Switch Off' moment, how effective are these global efforts?

Vivek Kumar, CEO of WWF-Singapore, sits down with CNA's Julie Yoo to talk about how big of an impact the event has on raising awareness for climate change.


The Marina Bay Sands hotel and resort lit up and with the lights turned off during the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Singapore AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN
It started as a symbolic gesture in 2007 from Sydney ... last year, we had millions of supporters taking part in Earth Hour in 192 countries ... this is perhaps a truly global grassroots movement.
It is very critical that all the other programmes (are well attended), that people are really involved in that. (Learn) something new, donate ... commit to a meatless Monday or not driving for a day.

Jump to these key moments:

  • 03:18 What to expect from Earth Hour Singapore 2024
  • 06:56 How WWF measures effectiveness
  • 07:26 How WWF-Singapore chooses partners to work with
  • 10:37 Earth Hour – just a candlelit party?
  • 15:34 Small acts that can make a difference

Find more episodes of The Climate Conversations here.

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