Ecuador

 

Since:

2008
 

Organiser:

WWF- Ecuador
Earth Hour’s in Ecuador started with small events in different cities promoted by active citizens. It has since grown into a much larger and powerful movement with the help of social media.

In 2012, with social networking on its peak, a great civil mobilization in Guayaquil and Quito led to the support of a big group of people from both cities. In 2013 Galapagos joined forces and brought together an event full of color, theater and engagement from the community.


In 2014 in alliance with various important institutions from Galapagos, we launched, during Earth Hour 2014, the crowdsourcing campaign Don't Get Confused and Put the Fabric Bag to Use (http://www.horadelplanetaecuador.org/). The objective of the campaign was to ban plastic t-shirt bags and disposable unnecessary plastics from Galapagos. 


On November 20th, 2014 the Resolution was approved prohibiting plastic t-shirt bags and expanded polystyrene disposable packaging (like Styrofoam). Just as in the previous year, our main ambassador for Earth Hour was the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park.


This project was groundbreaking and is leading other provinces on actions to reduce these harming products. The work done in the islands became an example of interinstitutional effort resulting on the creation of the plastic commission in Galapagos, focused on the process and implementation of the policy.


In 2015, our goal became to take Earth Hour into continental Ecuador doing a simultaneous event in Galapagos and in Quito, Ecuador’s capital.


Our main objective was to increase Climate Change awareness in Ecuador promoting alternatives for people to get involved and get to action.


We brought together two cities and millions of Ecuadorians through a massive media campaign.


This 2016 will be the year on food and climate change, follow us on Facebook WWF Ecuador and see our web page wwf.org.ec for details on all of our planed events.