Qatar switches off to observe Earth Hour 2017

30pm on Saturday hundreds of British landmarks, from Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle, will be plunged into darkness for the tenth anniversary of Earth Hour.

"We started Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about", coordinator Siddarth Das said.

It is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) who encourage members of the public to take part in the hour in the comfort of their own homes.

On Saturday, almost all countries, including India, will be switching off their non-essential lights for an hour, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, local time, in support of people's commitment towards energy conservation, proper utilisation of energy sources and awareness about climate change. The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. towards the end of March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

The event is not aimed at demonstrably reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere - such an effort would require tens of millions of people to shut off lights for much longer than an hour.

"Friends of Nature" Program, and the "A Flower Each Spring" program in cooperation with Ezdan Shopping Mall today celebrated the Earth Hourby switching off unnecessary lights in and outside the mall for one hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.

A spokesperson for WWF said: "It's not about sitting in the dark for an hour". In 2016, over six million people in the United Kingdom took part. While Earth Hour does get global support, some expressed their reluctance. To make the night even more interesting, guests can indulge in a candlelit dinner at Level 2 and Indyaki. "This year, we're asking musicians to turn up the volume on climate action", the organization says.

Earth Hour is the world's largest grassroots movement to combat climate change. Join the global Earth Hour switch off on March 25. It is about changing climate change and taking relevant action to mitigate climate change.

  • Leroy Wright