Egypt to celebrate Earth Hour
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By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO: A number of entities in Egypt called for the celebration of Earth Hour on March 29.

The Ministry of Tourism requested that concerned authorities take part in this year’s Earth Hour by switching off the lights at the Pyramids, Cairo Tower, Bibliotheca Alexandria, and Karnak Temple, El-Fagr news website reported Friday.

Earth Hour is celebrated every year when a number of landmarks around the world switch off the lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to encourage people to save energy and protect the environment.

Asyut Governorate will also turn off unnecessary lights for Earth Hour to raise awareness on the importance of reducing energy consumption and emissions that pollute the environment, ONA reported Governor Ibrahim Hamad as saying, adding that on March 23 he called on citizens to try to lower electricity consumption for Earth Hour.

Egypt has been suffering from frequent power outages due to a prolonged energy crisis.

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker urged citizens  to ration their electricity use to avoid recurring power cuts, during an in interview with CBC on March 6.

Shaker added that turning off one lamp in each house may save 1,200 megawatts.

the Ministry of Electricity was working on a number of projects to stop the need for power outages, the ministry’s official spokesperson Aktham Abu el-Ela told CBC channel Feb. 23.

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