Brunei observes Earth Hour

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SCORES of people across the sultanate took part in Earth Hour celebrations last night.

In an effort to promote awareness on energy saving, iconic landmarks in the country turned off their lights for one hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

This year’s event focused on addressing the effects of climate change, particularly on forests, and ways to conserve energy by creating discussions among community members on the nation’s stance on climate change.

Rimey Hj Osman, the country manager of Earth Hour in Brunei, said this year’s theme is ‘Shine a Light on Climate Action’ where Brunei is focusing on the power of individuals in the fight against climate change.

“(Tackling) climate change can only be done by the individual themselves, and therefore we want to focus on protecting our forests to reduce natural disasters.”

He said Brunei’s rainforests and mangroves are among its most important assets.

“This can be coupled with reducing energy consumption, which is a priority towards a more sustainable city,” he said.

He said an energy saving campaign also kicked off yesterday which had been slated to start in July.

“We decided to start it immediately today as 98 per cent of participants that did our pledge requested for it to start immediately,” said Rimey.

Landmarks in the capital which took part in the event included Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque as the official iconic landmark to observe the event and the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Complex.

Another activity that took place at the complex last night was the Heroes Earth 3KM Hour Run around the capital organised by Armtrix Enterprise.

Present to kick off the event as Brunei’s Earth Hour Celebrity Ambassador was Wu Chun.

Also present was the Permanent Secretary (Industry) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Adi Shamsul Hj Sabli.

A similar event took place in Tutong District at the car park area near the commercial building on Jalan Enche Awang, Pekang Tutong.

Neon sticks were distributed to those participating in the event which started with a video conference with participants in Brunei-Muara District.

It was followed by a 10-minute Earth Talk which was a question and answer session with tourists who are currently visiting Tutong district and participated in the event.

Activities included a bazaar, an exhibition and promotions on the Tutong Destination Programme and Tutong River Cruise to enliven the event and strengthen relations amongst the community.

The sultanate joined 170 countries and 7,000 cities in celebrating the event. Earth Hour is considered the universal platform that powers innovative, people-driven solutions to address climate change.

The Brunei Times