Brunei to observe Earth Hour lights out on March 19

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI will continue to celebrate Earth Hour this year on March 19 with focus on energy conservation as well as combatting climate change.

“Climate action today will decide what tomorrow looks like for years to come. Earth Hour empowers each individual to be a part of making climate change history, be it through a social event, interactive campaigns and even social networks,” said Siddarth Das, Executive Director of Earth Hour Global.

Once again, Brunei will observe the auspicious event by turning off the lights of the country’s most iconic landmarks.

Last year, local landmarks including Taman Hj Sir Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS), the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Complex were bathed in darkness.

Brunei also introduced a ‘Night Picnic under the Stars’ with the centrepiece being a candle formation at the centre of Taman SOAS last year and a ‘glow run’ was organised to commemorate the event.

A mass aerobic exercise in the dark was also held at Serasa Beach by the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRE) to commemorate Earth Hour.

“Climate change is not just a buzzword anymore or someone else’s problem. It is everyone’s problem because it is affecting all of us,” said Mohd Rimey Hj Osman, Country Manager of Earth Hour Brunei in a press statement.

When contacted, Mohd Rimey said the Brunei Darussalam landmarks that will take part in this year’s Earth Hour will be revealed at a later date.

This year will mark the 10th lights out event since Earth Hour’s debut in Sydney 2007, and will be celebrated all around the globe at 8:30pm local time on Saturday, March 19.

The Brunei Times