TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/03/13 -- WWF-Canada invites Canadian municipalities to join cities in 14 countries around the world in their bid to be the world's next Earth Hour Capital.
City recruitment kicks off this week for WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge, a competition designed to reward cities making substantial long-term efforts to combat global warming. This year, an international jury(i) crowned the City of Vancouver the 2013 global winner, out of six competing countries, for its outstanding holistic and strategic approach to climate change.
This year green Canadian cities will compete against previous country participants - Italy, India, Norway, Sweden and the U.S. - and new challengers, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea and Indonesia.
"If we're to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the world needs ambitious climate action now," says Josh Laughren, WWF-Canada Climate and Energy Director.
"We're proud the City of Vancouver is the first global Earth City winner - proof that leadership on climate change can be driven at the local level and that Canadian cities can play, and are playing, a crucial role in reducing emissions and demonstrating how climate change action can support healthy, prosperous communities."
Cities will be asked to register their data on carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR), an internationally recognized carbon reporting platform, managed by ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability. Reporting is open from May to October 2013. Strategies will be evaluated by an international jury and in March 2014, the city with the highest overall score will be awarded the title Global Earth Hour Capital.
One national winner will also be selected from competing countries as Earth Hour Capital of its respective country and entered to win the online popular vote for People's Choice Award (also won by Vancouver). Last year, Vancouver, New Delhi, Forli, Oslo, Uppsala, San Francisco were named Earth Hour Capital winners.
In 2013, 66 cities from six countries participated in the first international Earth Hour City Challenge by reporting their commitments, performance, completed or ongoing actions, as well as climate action plans.
Earth Hour City Challenge is run by WWF in collaboration with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the Swedish Postcode Lottery.
Notes to Editors
(i)Earth Hour City Challenge Jury 2013
-- Gino van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI-- Martha Delgado, General Director of the Secretariat of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate-- Amanda Eichel, Director of Initiatives and City Support, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group-- Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary-- Simon Giles, Senior Principal Intelligent Cities, Accenture Global, Accenture-- Dan Hoornweg, Professor and Jeff Boyce Research Chair, University of Ontario Institute of Technology-- Pietro Laureano, architect and urban planner, UNESCO consultant-- Conor Riffle, Head of CDP Cities
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WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
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Jo Anne Walton
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