27 March, 2017
For his part, President of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari said that Earth Hour is an global initiative which is being observed in late March each year with the aim of educating people on the importance of reducing carbon emissions by switching off unnecessary devices and lights for an hour starting at 8:30 pm in order to convey a message to the community about the importance of preserving the planet and preserving resources through simple initiatives.
People and businesses also dimmed their lights for an hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the of the event which started off as an initiative in Australia through the World Wildlife Fund, which says that up to one in four Australians partake in the now global event, believed to be the single biggest public action for the environment.
Post-secondary students across the province are also vying for prizes by taking part in the Earth Hour Campus Challenge to see who can gather the most pledges to go dark for Earth Hour.
When asked if Earth Hour connects with Carrboro's values, Zucchino said that if there's one place in the whole state he would predict an event like this to occur, it would be Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Other notable landmarks that turned out their lights were the Pyramids of Egypt (Cairo), Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi), Monumento a la Independencia (Mexico City) and the Eiffel Tower (Paris), which plunged into darkness for a full five minutes in a symbolic display.
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"This is more than past year when Delhi had saved around 230 MW", a spokesperson of power major BSES said here. Earth Hour means switching off all lights and other appliances for an hour to show support to the movement against global warming.
She said, "The Earth Hour proves that we can protect our planet".
Meantime, Sen. Sonny Angara yesterday urged young Filipinos to be "environment warriors" beyond Earth Hour.
Climate change is depressing stuff, but as Earth Hour demonstrated on Saturday, millions of people understand that humans must change their ways if we have any hope of preserving our home.
While BSES saved around 208 MW, the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) managed to save around 82 MW this year.