Pakistan to observe 10th Earth Hour today

Audrey Hill
March 27, 2017

"The Sandton City Dome (Protea Court) will be illuminated in green leading up to Earth Hour in a bid to raise awareness of the initiative", says Elaine Jack, CID manager for Sandton Central Management District. The goal of the initiative is to encourage individuals, businesses, and governments around the world to become more conscious of their ecological footprint and engage in dialog to seek real solutions to our growing environmental challenges.

The Earth Hour initiative was started as a grassroots gesture by the World Wildlife Fund Australia against human-caused carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming.

In Sydney, many harborside buildings switched off their lights for an hour from 8:30 p.m. local time as the call for action began rolling out across the world.

In Luzon, volume reduction during the switching off of non-essential lights for an hour beginning 8:30 p.m. on March 25 was only 77 MW, a 43% decline from last year's 136 MW.

Supporters have helped lobby for climate change legislation, established a forest in Uganda and helped restore ocean ecosystems.

From the Pyramids of Egipt, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State, every great monument in the world will turn off the lights alongside thousands of houses, universities, and hotels, as a joint opportunity to show support for the environment.

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Hundreds supported the Earth Hour campaign at the switch-off event held at the SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia Complex.

Thanks to human activities like burning fossil fuels and cutting down vast swathes of forest, climate change has begun to take a clear toll on the planet.

"Especially now that we have a president who denies climate change and seems determined to roll back on any sort of environmental protection, the timing is ideal", Zucchino said. The idea is to encourage people to turn off their lights for 60 minutes in the evening. According to Dorah Modise, the Chief Executive Officer of GBCSA, Earth Hour has developed into much more than just switching off your lights for an hour.

Before the switch-off, an Earth Hour Camp took place which featured interactive climate adaptation and mitigation booths.

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