Many government and private institutions and companies including ministries, various hotels and private companies observed the event by switching off the lights of the buildings for an hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environmental (MME) marked Earth Hour by turning off the lights of its main buildings from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
The Minister of Municipality and Environment, H E Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, said that Ministry’s participation in the celebration of Earth Hour 2020, comes within the directions of State in preserving environmental sustainability as one of the main pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030, and following the directives of wise leadership, Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The Minister said in a statement,
“The Ministry adopted in its strategy many environmental projects and programs aimed at protecting the environment, its development and sustainability and preserving the biological diversity in Qatar and seeking to preserve its natural balance and enhance cooperation with all sectors and society in the state in this regard.”
The Minister directed all government agencies, institutions, companies and individuals to avail the opportunity of Earth Hour to show determination to contribute in protecting environment, by reducing the use of unnecessary vehicles, equipment and lighting.
“This initiative will help bring changes in day-today lives to protect environment and a sustainable nature for us and our future generations,” said the Minister. The annual event is marked by the countries worldwide to educate their institutions and societies about the issue of climate change and work to preserve the planet and reduce pollution in its various types and sources, said the MME in a release.
The event aims at encouraging the public to respond to this global initiative in order to reduce carbon emissions and preserve the environment.
The Earth Hour is an annual global event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature, during which individuals and societies are encouraged to turn off lights and unnecessary electronic devices for one hour from 8:30pm until 9:30pm.
Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) marked the global event Earth Hour, by turning off the lights of its various buildings for an hour, from 8:30pm until 9:30 pm.
President Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, said in a statement: “We receive Earth Hour this year in exceptional circumstances with the spread of coronavirus in all over the world, and with concerted efforts to combat this virus and emphasise the need to stay at home.”
“I invite everyone to participate in the Earth Hour initiative to show solidarity in facing climate change and global warming issues, by turning off lights and unnecessary electrical appliances for an hour.”
He said that the participation in this initiative reflects the commitment to the Earth to conservation of energy consumption, preserve the environment and reduce carbon emissions, as a national responsibility and a moral obligation.
Kahramaa called all members of society and various sectors in the State of Qatar to participate in this initiative and to carry out this symbolic work by turning off all lights and unnecessary electrical devices to be part of the event.
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