The last Saturday of March is here and it is time to observe the Earth Hour all over the world, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has said.
Besides turning off the lights and unnecessary electronic devices from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on March 28, people can pledge to protect the earth and reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming and climate change on the Dewa website.
Dubai was the first Arab city to observe Earth Hour in 2008, one of the largest environmental initiatives around the world. The city has achieved significant results in reducing its electricity use and carbon emissions during Earth Hour 2019. Dewa recorded savings of 267 megawatts (MW) in electricity consumption in Dubai. This is equivalent to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 114 tonnes.
"Community-oriented initiatives are key to the progress of the country's sustainability agenda in line with the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021. A prime example is Earth Hour that is widely observed in the country. In addition to cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions, the occasion raises awareness about the importance of reducing the country's per capita carbon footprint," said Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
He urged all UAE citizens and residents to play their part in preserving the environment and natural resources through actively participating in such initiatives.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, commended the role played by government and private organisations in raising awareness about the importance of preserving the environment by participating in Earth Hour.
"Earth Hour goes beyond turning off unnecessary lights and appliances for 60 minutes. It aims to enhance environmental responsibility and encourages all of us to adopt a sustainable lifestyle."
Al Tayer urged customers, employees, and all members of society to stay at home during Earth Hour in compliance with the directives of the concerned authorities in the UAE to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and turn off unnecessary lights and electric appliances to raise awareness on reducing carbon emissions and preserving our natural resources.
"You can do this by reducing your usage of electricity and water, and collaborating to combat environmental risks to ensure a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come," he added.
Ready to take the pledge
Besides turning off the lights and unnecessary electronic devices from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, people can pledge to protect the earth and reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming and climate change.
Use the hashtags #EarthHourDubai #Connect2Earth and #raise_your_voice on social media.