Egypt marks 2016 Earth Hour by turning off lights at tourist attractions
The Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx are lit in green
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CAIRO:  Egypt observes the 2016 Earth Hour Saturday by switching off the lights at tourist attractions under the international slogan of “Let’s Change the Climate Change.”

The event will be celebrated Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time of each country around the world.

For one hour, people unite on turning off non-essential lights in an action to save the planet.

“The main aim behind turning off the lights is not only to reduce power consumption for one hour, but also to unite people around the mission of protecting the planet, where each individual in the world is part of this mission,” read a Friday statement by the Environment Ministry.

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

Over the past years, Egypt has partaken in the initiative by switching off the lights of a number of the most visited cultural and tourist attractions, including: the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, the Citadel of Saladin and Cairo Tower.

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