25 Mar 2018 – 8:11
By Sanaullah Ataullah | The Peninsula
DOHA: Terming the Earth Hour initiative an efficient way to spread the message of protecting the environment, Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada said yesterday that Qatar marked Earth Hour with more than 7,000 cities worldwide.
The Minister was talking with media persons on the sidelines of a programme held at Kahramaa Awareness Park (KAP) yesterday to observe the Earth Hour.
The minister said that the event started in 2007 from Sydney city and it spread all over the world. “Earth Hour is the biggest global event that aims at creating awareness about protecting environment and climate change by reducing the carbon emissions,” he added.
He said the Earth Hour helps propagating concerns on environment to entire community including children as they ask questions about putting off the lights and electric appliances.
“Raising such question itself is best way of awareness. We are residing on this planet, the Earth so we should contribute to protecting it by reducing the consumption of electricity and water that will ultimately lead to cut of carbon emissions,” said Al Sada.
Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada (second right), with Kahramaa President, Eng Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, (centre) switches off lights to mark Earth Hour at Kahramaa Awareness Park yesterday. Pic:Kammutty VP/The Peninsula
President of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari said that Earth Hour is an international initiative which is being observed as a symbolic event by switching off lights for an hour.
He said that the event aims at reducing carbon emission reflecting the better use of electricity protecting the Earth and environment in a bid to achieve the sustainability. Amid growing attachment with the Earth Hour initiative, many government and private institutions and companies including ministries, Katara, Aspire Zone, various hotels and private companies are observing this event, said Al Kuwari.
He said that the event aims at sending message by putting off lights of the facilities to the community about the importance of maintaining the sustainability by using energy in a proper manner.
Earth Hour is a symbolic demonstration to raise public awareness on the importance of conserving natural resources and thus protecting the Earth from climate change and global warming, said Aliya Al Jimai, Head of the Communication Section at Kahramaa. The audience signed on the map of Qatar to show the commitment of Qatar towards Earth and rationalisation of the consumption of electricity and water to cut carbon emission.
The light of Kahramaa Public Park (KPB) was put off between 8:30pm and 9:30pm to observe the Earth Hour.