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April 19, 2022
Global leaders, celebrities, individuals, youth groups and businesses from 192 countries and territories came together at 8:30 pm on Saturday, 26 March to solidarity for both people and the planet. In Africa, all 54 countries participated in Earth Hour 2022!

Musical superstars from across Africa collaborated to launch '
Africa Song For Nature'; Khendy Key from Mozambique, Ben Pol from Tanzania and Mr Leo from Cameroon raised their voices to make nature a priority for our future generations.
The conversation continued online, with Earth Hour 2022 generating over 10.1 billion impressions globally on social media channels and other platforms, including TikTok. Its related hashtags are trending in 35 countries across Google or Twitter searches. In Africa, 144 Million+ social media impressions were generated between January and March 2022, and we are still counting!
All 54 African countries participated in Earth Hour this year with widespread action on the streets and in communities in solidarity to speak up against nature loss. Below are the Earth Hour commemoration sights and sounds across the continent.
In collaboration with the Scouts and other partners, WWF Uganda activated marches across the country, taking to the streets demanding that the general public re-think plastic to shape a 'No plastic in Nature' future for the country. 
WWF Tanzania’s Earth Hour campaigns, launched on International Forest Day on March 21st, supported a global reforestation initiative to plant more than 14 million trees as part of the trillion tree campaign. The team also worked with local musician, Ben Pol, to promote Africa Song For Nature.
WWF South Africa focused on the upcoming UN CBD COP15 and centred its campaign around securing petition signatures to help 'Shape Our Future.'
WWF Kenya promoted the #MyLane2 campaign with a cyclist race from Nairobi to Arusha in Tanzania to help raise awareness of the need for non-motorised transport so that cyclists and pedestrians can have dedicated lanes.
WWF Namibia held workshops with unemployed youth in conservancies to inspire them to participate in conservation matters within their regions.
WWF Cameroon planted trees and raised awareness on community forestry with indigenous and local communities; they also organised a conference and art competition with local students. The team also worked with local musician, Mr Leo, to promote Africa Song For Nature.
WWF Madagascar had ten cities involved in reforestation, clean-ups, proactive campaigns, meetings and face-to-face or virtual exchanges. Overall, the combined efforts have mobilised just over one million people through social media, media and on the ground activities.
WWF Zambia kicked off Earth Hour with a media launch with the support of the Ministry of Energy and influencers. Street activations were also done in collaboration with various youth groups and the Scouts Team Sixx. The call to action was for stakeholders to take a stand and add their voices to demand community-centred decisions on deforestation, agriculture and sustainable energy.
WWF Zimbabwe held an event in Marondera city (about an hour from the capital of Harare) which brought together at least 500 people, mainly school-going children and youth. The call to action was for the re-greening of cities and other parts of the country by promoting youth engagement in nature conservation and raising awareness through various media. 
WWF Mozambique worked with local partners to implement Earth Hour across businesses, governments and individuals. They held a beach clean-up, planted mangal tree seedlings, and held a live event with local musicians. The team also worked with local musician, Khendy Key, to promote Africa Song For Nature.
The WWF Democratic Republic of Congo organised an Earth Hour football match with the Scouts and former football players. In partnership with the youth parliament in North Kivu, the team organised a youth conference to draft an advocacy note against plastic packaging. Social media users were asked to take a commitment for nature.
WWF Gabon and partners, working with schools and media, focused on plastic waste awareness.
WWF Central African Republic and the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (DSPA) administration celebrated Earth Hour by organising an awareness campaign in schools where the pupils and students took out garbage in their school surroundings for an hour. Afterwards, the participants shared a meal.
YMCA & Scouts
In partnership with WWF, the Scout Movement Africa and the Africa Alliance of YMCA organised various activities across the continent, such as tree planting, clean-ups, webinars to raise awareness sessions in schools and intimate evenings with friends.
One final word...

“Nature has always been important to Africans and African people's growth and well-being. It is the engine for socio-economic development since it provides food, health, water and a variety of other services. In fact, natural resources such as agricultural land, forests, water resources, ecosystems, and ecosystem services are critical to most African economies.

In Africa, Earth Hour is a platform for people to raise their voices and make nature a priority. We must speak up against the decline of nature as the latest research and science indicates an unacceptably high rate of species extinction and the subsequent ecological collapse that will spell disaster for both humanity and the planet. 
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made Earth Hour 2022 bigger than ever.”
Alice Ruhweza - WWF Africa Region Director.

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