Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights, for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on a specific day towards the end of March, Saturday 27th March this year. as a symbol of commitment to the planet.
It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across 187 countries and territories to raise awareness for energy consumption and effects on the environment.
Bangkok will be among the 7,000 other cities across the world that will be plunged in darkness for an hour on Saturday as part of 60+ Earth Hour 2021, deputy Bangkok governor Sopon Pisuttiwong said on Saturday.
Also marking the effort will be the “Speak Up For Nature” campaign to be launched at Central World at 7pm on Saturday.
People can do their bit for the Earth by turning off unnecessary lights in their homes for an hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm and record their contribution via the #connect2earth, #SpeakUpForNature and #BangkokSustainability hashtags.
Lights will be turned off from 8.30pm for an hour at the Emerald Buddha Temple and Grand Palace; Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn; Sao Ching Cha or the Giant Swing; Rama VIII Bridge; and the Golden Mount or Wat Saket.
Lights will also be turned off in 126 sites in the city, while the owners of buildings in 100 city streets have also promised to join the campaign.
Bangkok has also invited all sectors to join its efforts to reduce global warming and to cooperate with the city in four areas, namely public transportation, energy, green spaces and waste management.
The City of Angels has been part of the Earth Hour effort since 2008. Last year, one hour of darkness in Bangkok reduced electricity consumption by 2,483 megawatts, thus reducing 1,219 tonnes of carbon dioxide and saving Bt10.15 million.
Since 2008, Bangkok has reduced its carbon footprint by 12,227 tonnes and saved Bt80.87 million in electricity bills