Pol.Lt.Gen. Sopon Pisuttiwong, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, revealed that Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) together with the World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF Thailand and its network partners planned to organize the “Turn Off The Light, Reduce Global Warming: 60+ Earth Hour 2021” activity with the theme of “Speak Up for Nature”, aiming to awaken energy for our beloved planet and persist in conserving and protecting nature. The activity will be held on March 27, 2021 from 19.00 hrs. onwards together with the participation in a symbolic lights-out event at Square D, Central World Department Store, Pathum Wan District.
Since 2008, the BMA in cooperation with the WWF Thailand and its network partners has been participating in “Turn Off The Light, Reduce Global Warming: 60+ Earth Hour” activity with other 7,000 cities in 190 countries around the world. People were encouraged to switch off unnecessary electricity utilization for one hour to reduce global warming, from 20.30 – 21.30 hrs. The result of the 2020 event held in Bangkok showed that the electricity utilization was reduced to 2,482 megawatts, which were equivalent to 10.15 million baht and 1,219 tons of carbon dioxide reductions. Over a decade of its involvement in 60+ Earth Hour from 2008 to 2020, the BMA has succeeded in reducing 22,369 megawatts which was equal to the reducing of electricity value of 80.97 million baht and 12,227 tons of carbon dioxide reductions.
The BMA invites the general public to turn off non-essential electric lights or unnecessary electricity utilization on March 27, 2021 during 20.30 – 21.30 hrs., for one hour or more. Apart from saving electricity costs at home, it also helps to reduce national energy consumption, save national budget, and protect our planet and environment. If everyone joins hands in reducing the consumption of energy continuously anywhere anytime until it becomes habits in daily routine, it will lead to the achievement in sustainable reduction of global warming which can be regarded as a pledge of all sectors for incessant cooperation.