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Phuket marks Earth Hour 2022

PHUKET: Yesterday (Mar 26), Phuket residents joined environmentally conscious people around the globe for the Earth Hour by switching off non-essential electric lights to draw attention to climate change.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 27 March 2022, 01:00PM


Phuket marked Earth Hour 2022 on Mar 26, but you can contribute anytime. Photo: Patong Municipality

Phuket marked Earth Hour 2022 on Mar 26, but you can contribute anytime. Photo: Patong Municipality

As announced by Patong Municipality, non-essential lights went off from 8.30pm till 9.30pm in Phuket’s renowned resort city. The same was done simultaneously in numerous places of the UTC+7 time zone spreading from as far as Norilsk (Russia) in the North to Christmas Island (Australia) in the South and including all of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Then the turn was passed to the next time zone.

Started in 2007 by the World Wide Fund for Nature as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney, Earth Hour has by now become a catalyst for positive environmental impact with an impressive success record. Literally millions take part in the event every year to draw attention to environmental issues – and officials cannot ignore the numbers of those asking for actions to be taken.

Earth Hour shows climate-sceptic governments that people are concerned about climate change. As a result of Earth Hour’s efforts, in 2012 Russia passed a law to better protect seas from oil pollution. Earth Hour was instrumental for the creation of Argentina’s largest marine protected area and the first-ever Earth Hour forest in Uganda. Following successful Earth Hour campaigns, plastic bags were banned on the Galapagos Islands and 5 mn sq km French Polynesia’s exclusive economic zone were classified as a managed marine area.

To learn more about how to support Earth Hour efforts on any chosen day of year, please visit www.earthhour.org.

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Capricornball | 28 March 2022 - 15:11:38

I also didn't notice any light going off. But I did notice the cold air pouring out into the street as I sat at a red light in front of a 7-11. And I did notice that most of the glass doors in the cool foods section at the local Big don't close, and haven't closed for years. But still, thumbs up to the 1.5% of Thai people that have any degree of environmental awareness.

JohnC | 28 March 2022 - 10:42:52

Renowned resort city??? Who thought that one up! LOL. We didn't notice anyone turning lights off at all, anywhere. Where was this supposed to have happened?

 

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