The last Saturday of March is here and itis time to observe the Earth Hourall over the world,theDubai 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 changeon the Dewa website.
Dubai was the first Arab city to observe Earth Hourin 2008, one of the largest environmental initiatives around the world.The cityhas achieved significant results in reducing its electricity use and carbon emissions during Earth Hour 2019. Dewarecorded 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 AlZeyoudi, 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 AlTayer, MDandCEO 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."
AlTayerurged 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 thecoronavirus (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 ofelectricity 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 8.30pmto 9.30pm on Saturday, people can pledge to protect the earth and reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming and climate change.
Usethe hashtags #EarthHourDubai#Connect2Earth and #raise_your_voiceon social media.