DEWA asks customers to turn off lights, appliances for Earth Hour
“Earth Hour goes beyond turning off lights and appliances for 60 minutes. The goal is to raise environmental responsibility”
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has requested all its customers and the Dubai community to turn of lights and electrical appliances from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday, 28 March, 2020, as it observes Earth Hour.
Dubai’s prominent landmarks and several public and private buildings will take part in this global environmental initiative by turning off the lights for an hour. The Earth Hour is being organised under the theme: ‘Raise your voice for nature.’
The global environmental event is being conducted under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in cooperation with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Emirates Nature, and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Commenting on the Earth Hour, the managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “Dubai was the first Arab city to observe Earth Hour in 2008, which underlines its leading role in hosting and supporting events and initiatives that raise public awareness on environment issues. We urge customers and all society to take part in Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change and global warming, as well as promote a culture of conservation and protecting natural resources as part of the daily routine.”
Al Tayer added: “Earth Hour goes beyond turning off unnecessary lights and appliances for 60 minutes. The ultimate goal is to raise environmental responsibility among society and organisations, and pledge to protect Planet Earth and its limited natural resources. This is done by adopting a sustainable lifestyle and emphasising the importance of unifying efforts and joint work to face environmental challenges for a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come.”
Dubai has achieved important results in reducing electricity consumption in Earth Hour 2019. DEWA recorded savings of 267 megawatts (MW) in electricity use in the emirate, equivalent to a reduction of 114 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The public can pledge to protect Planet Earth and reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming and climate change on DEWA’s website and on social media using the hashtags #EarthHourDubai, #Connect2Earth and #raise_your_voice.
“Thanks to the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and the directives of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, the Emirate has become a role model of support for all environmental causes and global efforts to tackle global warming,” Al Tayer said.