On 25 March, Moscow will take part in Earth Hour 2017, the world's largest environmental promotional event. The lights will go off at 8:30 pm. Over 1,600 buildings in the capital will turn off their lighting for an hour. Last year, 1,500 buildings took part. The campaign will also include a bike ride, whose route has yet to be announced.
In addition, everyone interested can come to the square near the Yury Dolgoruky monument (at 13 Tverskaya Street), where a flashmob in support of the Earth Hour will be held. The flashmob performers will be school contest winners and prize recipients of the Environmental Flashmob 2017 contest.
The participant schools can submit applications to compete in the best performance contest until 3 March. Costumes made of environmentally friendly materials are particularly welcome.
Participants can choose their own performance themes from the following: Earth Environment, Moscow Environment, Earth Hour, Flora and Fauna Protection, Nature Conservation and Promotion, etc. Additional information is available on the Moscow Department for Environmental Management and Protection website. Also, a special website has been created for the Earth Hour promotion.
This year’s Earth Hour slogan is Change Yourself, not the Planet. The main theme of the campaign is individual environmental responsibility.