Egypt turns off lights at tourist attractions to mark Earth Hour 2015
Electricity pylons and wind turbines - REUTERS/David Moir

CAIRO: Egypt will observe Earth Hour this year by switching off the lights at tourist attractions to “protect the planet” for an hour Saturday, announced Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy Friday.

The annual event will take place on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time worldwide.

Fahmy also called on individuals, companies and institutions to participate in the one-hour event, which is marked worldwide, by turning off unnecessary lights or reduce their consumption during this hour.

Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF,) 2015 is the event’s ninth year since it first started in 2007.

Minister Fahmy also added that Egypt adheres to its commitment to the issue of adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change and considers it a top priority all nations must stand for.

The event aims to unite people to protect the planet earth by encouraging individuals, households and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour “as a symbol of their commitment to the planet,” according to the event’s website.  It marks the day with a slogan “Use your power to change climate change.”

The global event started March 31, 2007, where more than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour.

Additional reporting by Manal el-Essawi

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