Earth Hour (60 Minutes Plus) 2018, was launched on Wednesday with a youth panel discussion at Ogle Room, Herdmanston Lodge.A release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) said that the forum was organised by the local arm of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) along with other key climate change stakeholders.The discussion focused on the Importance of Environmental Education in fostering behavioural change, the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and the protection of the wetlands and freshwater ecosystems. Member of the Earth Hour 2018 Organising Team, Dionne Cush-Barnwell said that the 60 minutes plus movement is geared towards actions being taken beyond the hour to observe Earth Hour 2018. She outlined some of the local activities. “Today we launched the event with a panel discussion, but some of the pre-activities we have planned are some other symposiums across the country…we will have a selfie challenge being carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency and the office of Climate Change will be doing some school outreach activities to educate students on climate change.”She added, “we will also have concerts in the various regions, art competitions in the Rupununi and essay competitions. Next week, Georgetown will be hosting a debate competition.”Cush-Barnwell said the Earth Hour Organising Team will be hosting its annual Earth Hour observance activity in the National Park on March 24.