Lights out for Earth Hour, Saturday

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI’s iconic Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Mosque in the capital will turn its lights off for Earth Hour this Saturday.

The public is welcome to take part in the event by coming down to Taman SOAS in the capital between 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Country Manager for Earth Hour in Brunei Mohd Rimey Hj Osman during a press conference yesterday said a picnic would be held at the Taman as the lights turn off, while another 300 runners will complete a five kilometre route around the capital.

Confirmed participants who will also turn off their lights include all 10 of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s branches, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd and Mabohai Shopping Complex.

To show their support, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf will also be offering free iced tea during Earth Hour.

Brunei’s Earth Hour ambassador Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed said “tremendous work” had been done to set up Earth Hour in Brunei in 2007.

He added that there remains plenty to achieve in raising awareness about climate change, and making a difference in consumer behaviour.

“We are hoping that through Earth Hour, we will inspire the community to make changes in saving electricity and fuel, which can make a big difference overall,” he said.

Local artist Fakhrul Razi who will be the event’s “Celebrity Ambassador” said that Earth Hour is “extremely important now.

He said that it is good for the community, good for the country and the world.”

Brunei is one of 162 countries celebrating Earth Hour this year.

To find more information on Earth Hour in Brunei, visit www.earthhour.org.bn.

The Brunei Times