Egypt shares the world in "Earth Hour 2018"

Egypt shares the world in

Egypt will participate in the global initiative to switch off lights which is called "Earth Hour" on Saturday 24 March 2018 from 8.30 to 9.30 pm, where the celebration of the Ministry of Environment this year will be launched from Cairo Tower, in addition to number of important tourist sightseeing in the Egyptian governorates, including the Pyramids, sphinx , the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Qaitbay Castle, some archeological temples in Luxor like Elkarnk , and some major hotels, in addition to the participation of a number of different entities, civil society and individuals. In order to raise awareness of the importance of taking positive and serious steps to reduce consumption and stop wasting resources by changing our daily practices to reduce environmental impacts, contributing to low carbon emissions, one of the biggest challenges facing the world.

Minister of Environment Dr. Khaled Fahmy confirmed that this year's celebration comes under the slogan " Promise for your planet." The aim of the participation is to increase the awareness of individuals about the negative impacts of climate change that can be faced and reduced by saving energy consumption by switching off unnecessary electrical appliances. 

Fahmi added that Egypt began its participation in Earth Hour in 2009 to share 88 countries and 4000 cities and 929 famous landmarks around the world turned off their lights in Earth Hour in supporting to our planet to protect it from the serious negative impacts of global warming and climate change. In 2017, Countries participating in the initiative amounted 180 countries switched off the lights of more than 12,000 sightseeing and site, and 2.5 billion people participated around the world.

The Minister of Environment added that Egypt's participation in the initiative coincides with the hosting of the 2018 Conference on Biological Diversity in Sharm El-Sheikh .This initiative contributes to drawing the world's attention to climate change risks that directly affect biodiversity, which takes serious actions towards implementing targeted projects to mitigate and adapt to climate change through the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of resources.

He added that Egypt's first participation in the initiative was in 2009 that contributed to the reduction of electricity consumption with 50 MW doubled in the following year to 100 MW, indicating the growing awareness of citizens of the importance of positive participation in this important global event.

This year's Earth Hour marks the eleventh year of the initiative, launched from Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has rapidly grown to become the world's largest environmental movement and a source of inspiration for individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in more than 180 countries to take concrete actions to address the impacts of climate change. Participation in Earth Hour is one of the mechanisms of integrating individuals to address climate change and harnessing the collective power of millions of individuals around the world to highlight the climate issue.

The Earth Hour is the oldest means of awareness and the oldest global environmental event. The reason for choosing the date of the event is to match the last Saturday of March each year , it marks the day of an equinox, where daytime and nighttime are of approximately equal duration all over the planet, to ensure the participation of most cities of the world at close time of night in these cities , Where the earth clock moves across time zones, respectively.

It is noteworthy that the participation of the Ministry of Environment last year was launched from the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat city in cooperation with the Ministries of Culture and Tourism and the governorates of Cairo and Giza as a positive participation in this important international event. The participants also participated with different activities such as replacing the electric lights with candles and riding bikes and reducing the use of cars.