Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal said that Cairo will participate on Saturday in the Earth Hour in which lights are switched off to spotlight climate change.
The lights will be switched off from 8:30 pm until 9:30 pm in the governorate building in Abdeen Sqaure and all other public buildings, he said.
Abdel-Aal said the Earth Hour delivers a strong message on the necessity to maintain the natural resources for the coming generations, urging the banks, hotels and the different bodies to participate in the event.
He also urged the citizens to participate in the event via reducing the consumption of lighting in their houses.
The event aims at developing the awareness of the institutions and individuals of the importance of rationalizing energy to limit the global warming and climate change phenomenon, he said.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized 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 9:30 pm 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.