Earth Hour is a global movement held annually encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour.
Dubbed as a symbol of commitment to the planet, the annual event aims to engage a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.
As accelerating climate change and staggering biodiversity loss threaten the planet, Earth Hour Qatar (EHQ) wants to leverage the momentum and energy of the Earth Hour movement to connect people to Earth.
Over the past few years, EHQ organised activities to inform and raise awareness across the country. They partnered with various organisations and stakeholders to run campaigns and activities on the cause to encourage citizen-based movements in a renewed effort to build a sustainable society in Qatar.
The movement is being celebrated worldwide every last Saturday of March, with 2019 falling on the 30th from 8:30 till 9:30 PM.
Some of the highlights from the last few years' lights off event in Qatar include:
A 2014 art project, "Trash to Treasure” aimed at highlighting the number of waste people produce as well as introducing creative and artistic ways of dealing with trash, the project will culminate in a recycled model in the form of a pond with water, fish, birds and flowers.
A large number of volunteers from all walks of life came together to complete the project, which involves the collection of 60,000 bottle caps, bottles, bags, plates and spoons. The 3D pond project was unveiled during that year's Earth Hour celebration.
The ‘Friends of Nature’ programme, and the ‘A Flower Each Spring’ programme in cooperation with Ezdan Shopping Mall celebrated Earth Hour 2016 with a candle-lighting ceremony.
Lights were switched off for an hour at all Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) buildings across Doha as part of the Tarsheed campaign.
Huge savings have been made in Qatar by reducing the use of water and electricity in the last six years as part of the ongoing Tarsheed campaign.
As you can see from the images above, turning off unnecessary lights isn’t the only way that the annual Earth Hour is being observed. It's also celebrated by raising attention to ecological-based problems such as pollution and climate change.
Social media sites (especially Facebook and Twitter) play a vital role as they help to get the word out to as many people as possible. Participants are encouraged to not only use social media to advance these causes but also to actively take a hands-on approach to the problems that the planet is facing.
Qatar will continue to use the hashtag #EarthHourQatar campaign, where residents can participate in various earth hour activities across the country.
You can either organise your own Earth Hour-themed event or simply just host a candle-lit dinner, or go stargazing—the possibilities are endless!
So whether you're celebrating solo or getting hundreds of people involved, make sure to turn off all unnecessary lights on March 30 (Saturday) from 8:30PM till 9:30PM and help Mother Earth have the break that she deserves.
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