Moecc Marks Earth Hour 2023 By Switching Off Lights

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Doha: The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) yesterday celebrated Earth Hour 2023, by switching off the lights in the Ministry's main building at Corniche (Al Udeid Tower) from 8.30pm until 9.30pm, in addition to all the buildings affiliated with the Ministry.

The celebration aims to encourage individuals and institutions to rationalize electricity consumption as well as to preserve the environment and spread awareness of the importance of protecting the earth.

The Earth Hour stems from informing the Ministry of its responsibilities and role in preserving the environment, and contributing to the replacement of energy sources that are harmful to the environment with other renewable and environmentally friendly sources.

It also encourages the local community to use a sustainable life to reduce the use of energy sources that have negative effects on the environment and reduce carbon emissions.

On this occasion, Sheikh Dr. Saud bin Khalifa Al Thani, Director of the Department of Green Development and Environmental Sustainability at MoECC, stressed the ministry's keenness to participate in the celebration of Earth Hour, which falls on the last Saturday of March, to remind individuals and the local community of their responsibilities to protect earth from pollution in all its forms.

He said that this is by encouraging them to turn off unnecessary lights and electronic devices for one hour, pointing out that every individual on this planet has a responsibility and role in protecting the earth from pollution.

Sheikh Dr. Saud said that the Ministry is keen to participate in every global event related to the environment and the protection of the planet, based on its responsibilities and strong belief in the importance of these events in raising the awareness of societies about the issue of protecting the earth from pollution, and working to spread the culture of sustainability among all members of Qatari society.

He stressed that these efforts resulted in the spread of a culture of environmental protection among all sects of the local community and the use of best practices to preserve the environment and protect the planet from all types of pollution. Sheikh Dr. Saud explained that Qatar is making promising efforts in the field of utilizing solar and wind energy as clean and renewable energy.

He said that Qatar has established Al Kharsaah Solar PV Power Plant, which is expected to cover 10% of the country's electric energy consumption.


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