WWF-Singapore unveils Earth Hour 2020 – Live & Unplugged, first-ever live stream highlighting global planetary emergency

The live stream will offer people of Singapore an opportunity to join #nofilter conversations with changemakers about the planetary emergency, enjoy live music by some of Singapore’s top artistes and contribute to an open letter to envision the future.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore announces today that Earth Hour will be going fully digital in 2020 as the first-ever Earth Hour 2020 – Live & Unplugged, a live, digital-only performance bringing together Singapore’s diverse voices for the environment.

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For the first time, Singapore’s Earth Hour event will take the form of a globally accessible digital live stream. Taking place on 28th March from 5.30 – 8.30pm SGT, Earth Hour 2020 – Live & Unplugged is a three-hour digital event of live music by prominent artistes and unscripted conversations with leading environmental changemakers on the exigency of the current planetary emergency. Earth Hour 2020, the world’s largest global grassroots movement for the environment, will see millions of people around the world come together to show their commitment to the planet. Earth Hour 2020 – Live & Unplugged will culminate in a symbolic lights-out at 8.30pm local time.

“It is more important now than ever before for people in Singapore to acknowledge that we are in the midst of an unprecedented planetary emergency which has devastating consequences for nature and humans,” Kim Stengert, Chief of Strategic Communication and External Relations at WWF-Singapore. “Earth Hour is an important rallying call for Singaporeans to make their voice heard about the change they want to see, in order to avert this planetary emergency.”

Viewers tuning into Earth Hour 2020 – Live & Unplugged can look forward to live performances from a star-studded lineup of Singapore’s best, including Benjamin Kheng, Inch Chua, Fariz Jabba & Yung Raja, Nathan Hartono, Preetipls, RRILEY, Sezairi and Subhas. Hosted by seasoned presenters Paul Foster, Charmaine Yee and Angelique Teo, the show will also feature lively discourse between changemakers and local personalities exploring how our planetary emergency and global loss of nature impacts our lives — hot-button topics close to the hearts of
Singaporeans everywhere.

Earth Hour’s call-to-action this year comes with an Open Letter to Singapore, a platform for people to voice out the future they envision for the next decade.

Earth Hour 2020 – Live & Unplugged
Date: 28 March 2020
Time: 5.30 – 8.30pm
Livestream URL: earthhour.sg


Environmental impact of key actions

Air-conditioning

  • The air-conditioner is a major contributor to the amount of electricity consumed in the typical household. Using the air-conditioner in energy-efficient ways can reduce its impact on the environment and your electricity bill.
  • The air-conditioner takes up 30 per cent of the typical household electricity bill.
  • Air-conditioning should be set at 25 degrees Celsius, and not below 24 degrees Celsius.
  • When set to this optimal temperature, the air-conditioner will not need to use up so much energy to cool the environment around you. This, in turn, results in lesser fossil fuels burnt to power the air conditioner and less heat released into the atmosphere, hence reducing the impact on the environment.
  • Every one-degree increase in the air-conditioner temperature helps you save a minimum of S$25 annually. We can save a minimum of $150 million annually in the total electricity bill for Singapore if all Singaporeans take this up.

LED lights

  • LED lights offer greater energy savings than traditional incandescent lights. Most of the energy LED lights use goes into making light instead of heat. Most incandescent lights, for example, produce anywhere from 5-20 lumens (a measure of brightness) per watt, whereas compact fluorescent bulbs put out about 40-70 lumens. By comparison, LEDs range from 20 lumens up to 100 lumens.

Plastic bags

  • 3 billion plastic bags were used in Singapore in 2011, needing 37 million kilogrammes of crude oil and 12 million kilogrammes of natural gas to make.
  • Each kg of plastic bags requires 1.2 kilogrammes of crude oil, according to a study done by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.
  • Globally, each year, more than one trillion plastic bags are used around the world, less than two per cent of which are recycled. The rest end up in landfills – where they can take up to 1,000 years to break down – or as litter.

Shorter showers

  • Nearly 50 per cent of the water used in the homes in Singapore goes to showers and kitchen sink washing. Showers generally take up 29 per cent of an average family’s monthly water consumption.
  • People can save nine litres of water per minute in the shower by taking shorter showers.

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