Will you switch off on Saturday and help our Earth?

By Divi S.

ABU DHABI 28 March 2019: Two major institutions – Emirates Nature-WWF and Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) have invited you to celebrate Earth Hour 2019, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment taking place on 30 March at 8:30 pm.

As global biodiversity declines at an unprecedented rate, coupled with the ever-present challenge of climate change, Earth Hour 2019 helps when environmentally-conscious people across globe switch of all electricity in their homes for the hour.

This year is set to be another record breaker, with more than 180 countries and territories coming together to highlight and encourage action on the environmental issues that are most relevant to them. In the UAE, Earth Hour will draw attention to nature loss and shed light on the importance of living sustainably, whether it’s through the use of less plastic, less energy consumption, or conserving water.

“Over 80% of people who took part in Earth Hour last year felt inspired to do more to protect our planet. This year, there is no reason why we cannot make a promise to live more sustainably,” said Laila Mostafa Abdullatif, Director General of Emirates Nature-WWF.

Landmarks Celebrate

Dubai’s landmarks will also take part in the event by turning off their lights during Earth Hour.

“Dewa supports Dubai’s efforts to promote a culture of rational consumption and highlights the need to reduce carbon emissions. Dubai’s participation in observing Earth Hour reflects the Emirate’s interest and commitment to reducing carbon emissions. Dubai was the first Arab city to participate in Earth Hour in 2008. This demonstrates its pioneering role in supporting and embracing initiatives and activities that enhance public awareness on environmental issues, support sustainable development, and contribute to achieving national and local strategies. These include the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy, to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa.

Public Event @ Marasi

Dewa has invited the public to take part in the activities that it will organise at Marasi Promenade Business Bay in Dubai from 4 to 10pm. There will be various activities to promote environmental awareness and the rational use of electricity and water. The ‘Earth Hour Walk’ will begin at 8:30pm with a number of government director generals, officials, public figures, and representatives from the public and private sectors, universities and schools. DEWA, in cooperation with the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai (RTA) will provide free shuttle buses from Business Bay metro station, to and from the event every 15 minutes from 4-10pm. There will be free parking at the venue.

Dubai Gazette