Switch Off the Lights Now for a Bright Tomorrow

DUBAI - A click on a switch determines whether you vote for the earth or global warming and with fingers on ‘off’, the UAE is geared up to ditch the
brainwave of electricity discoverers for an hour on Saturday.

By Afshan Ahmed

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Published: Sat 28 Mar 2009, 1:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:45 AM

With a day to go before the people pull the plug on lights and unessential appliances for Earth Hour, UAE citizens say they will use the hour to get accustomed to lesser consumption and encourage others into an ecologically friendly lifestyle.

Sumit Chopra uses energy-saving bulbs in his house in Karama, Dubai.—KT photo by Juidin Bernarrd“Switching off unnecessary lights is a norm in my household. I am educating my two-year-old son to be environmentally conscious as well,” said Sumit Chopra, a Bur Dubai resident who has replaced regular bulbs with energy-saving ones at home.

He will be spending Earth Hour with his family and friends at his residence. “We will all sit in the dark and talk about what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. We live in a society of over-consumption and this one hour can teach us how to cut back and reflect on our individual doings that make a difference,” he said. Roddy Gordon, a Scot living in Dubai, will be at work but will take that time to interact with guests, when his hotel switches off electricity. “I will try to nudge guests in to conversations of sustainability,” he said.

He is apprehensive about the worldwide initiative being used just as a brand booster for companies.

“It shouldn’t just be a statement that a person or company adopts. We need to have genuinely committed people. Earth Hour is a catalyst to creating the thought process, making greendecisions a part of one’s culture,”said Gordon.

According to Katrina Dixon, director of marketing and communications in a Dubai-based company, Earth Hour is a time when the entire globe has joined hands for a single cause, which portrays a unified goal. “It’s about switchingoff that light and raising awareness,” she said.

Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference, stressed Chopra. “A little bit of consciousness helps a lot. I don’t want my son to witness a harsh world, deprived of resources we have injudiciously used up,” he added.


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