60 minutes of darkness
Earth Hour is back. Be ready to turn off the lights from 8.30pm-9.30 pm on March 23. Here’s how you can observe it this year.[boxify cols_use =”1″ cols =”2″ position =”right” order =”none” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” border_style =”solid” ] Outlets participating in Earth Hour activities
Grand Heritage Doha
Intercontinental Doha City
QU Environmental Club
Aspire Zone Foundation
Wyndham Grand Regency
The Pearl Qatar[/boxify]
5 things to do during Earth Hour
1. Step outside for a walk. Luckily Earth Hour is in March when the weather outside is still pleasant for a walk. The best place to walk is at the Corniche where you can watch the towers in the West Bay slowly plunge into darkness
2. Star gazing. How often do you go to your terrace? This is the best time to explore your terrace, if you have never been there yet. Spread a mat, and lie down to watch the stars or the moon.
3. Party time. How about calling over your friends or neighbours for a night of barbeque and music in your compound? If that’s too much work, head over to the Wahm lounge at W Hotel. We heard they have a special Earth Hour event.
4. Candle light dinner. Cook up a delicious meal for you and your partner, and light some scented candles. Romantic… isn’t it? But make sure that these are 100% beeswax candles or soy candles that are carbon neutral and thus eco-friendly.
5. Glow in the dark. A fun way to celebrate Earth Hour with kids is by putting on some funky accessories that glow in the dark. There’s a store named Glow’n in Qatar that sells a range of special party gadgets, and home and garden accessories. You can get their location and other information from their Facebook page.
5 things to know about Earth Hour
- Conceived by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and Leo Burnett, the first Earth Hour event took place on March 31 2007 when more than 2.2 million individuals in Sydney turned their lights out for one hour.
- In 2012 more than 7000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories participated in the annual event, marking the biggest growth for the campaign since 2009. Qatar has been observing Earth Hour since 2009.
- During Earth Hour 2012, the total electricity consumption in Doha dropped 10% according to figures from Kahramaa.
- In 2011, Earth Hour launched the “I Will if You Will” challenge. All you have to do is make a promise to do something if a certain number of people commit to take a step to save the environment, beyond Earth Hour. Click here if you are up for the challenge.
- The reason why Earth Hour is celebrated at the end of March is because its that time of the year when the northern and southern hemispheres have nearly the same sunset times. This creates the biggest visual impact when the lights are off.
For more information on Earth Hour, visit their official website. Here is a piece JustHere did in January, on why we need to be aware of our electricity consumption?
(With inputs from Ghazanfarulla Khan, the Team Leader for Earth Hour Qatar)
How will you observe Earth Hour 2013?