Lights out for Earth Hour

Pakistan       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan earlier in the day appealed to the citizens of the country to join Earth Hour's "Give Up to Give Back" campaign by switching off all non-essential lights between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Earth Hour is a movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (called World Wildlife Fund in Canada).

This year Earth Hour celebrates 11 years of saving energy and raising awareness on the impact of climate change.

The idea is to save energy during that hour, while also encouraging people to be more wary about how much electricity they use.

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A performance by acappella group Just Vocal Band will be held in the main lobby of The Westin Taipei to attract guests to congregate in the area, ensuring the lights are off in their rooms.

The event, now part of WWF's campaign to highlight the dangers of climate change, has seen the lights go out in participants' homes and at global landmarks for one symbolic hour every year since 2007.

What and when is Earth Hour?

In 2007, almost 2.2 million residents and more than 2,100 businesses switched off lights and electrical appliances for an hour.

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The event, hosted in collaboration with Earth Hour Brunei, will feature activities, local e-vendors, a Lego exhibition by Bulat featuring creations from members and mini displays.

Department of Environmental Services (DES) chief engineer Leopoldo Parumog said the yearly celebration of Earth Hour has helped reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the city.

Scott added that enough power has been saved across the past 10 Earth Hours to power about 92 million LED lightbulbs.

"We encourage the entire Filipino nation to take part in this collective human effort to save our planet from the ill effects of global warming".

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In Christchurch, New Zealand, the city saw a 13 per cent drop in electricity demand during the hour.

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