Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad with officials and citizens celebrate the the Earth Hour on Saturday 26 March, 2022. Photo courtesy of Ministry of Environment Facebook page.
The celebration was held on the sidelines of the first national dialogue on climate change, which was launched in Sharm El-Sheikh earlier Saturday.
According to Fouad, Egypt was among the first Arab countries to participate in the Earth Hour, joining 88 countries, 4000 cities and 929 famous landmarks in 2009 in turning off their lights to show support for the earth and to reduce emissions.
Fouad added that there had been coordination with several ministries and governorates to participate in this event by turning off the lights of famous and important landmarks in Egypt in order to increase the awareness of the importance of reducing energy consumption.
Egypt is hosting the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP27) in November in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights, for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30pm on a specific day towards the end of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007.
The event aims at developing the awareness of the institutions and individuals of the importance of rationalising energy use to limit global warming and climate change.