The Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC) announced its support for the upcoming Earth Hour this 30 March 2019, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time. To mark the occasion, the hub will be switching off the lights in all the JLT common areas and DMCC-owned buildings, and hosting activities in the JLT Park. All are welcome to join. There is no entrance fee.
The activities will include lighting of candles that are arranged to form the Earth Hour and DMCC logos, as well as a one-hour yoga session behind Cluster Q that will be presented by Yoga Ashram.
The DMCC supports reconnecting to nature with yoga. Yoga helps connect with the five elements—earth, water, fire, wind, and space—to bestow a sense of well-being and peace.
The earth element is the principle of stability. Within the body, this manifests as growth, accumulation, and support. The muscle tissue, fat tissue, and the hard areas in the bones are heavily dependent on the earth element.
A healthy connection to the earth element invokes feelings of stability. It helps one feel grounded, confident, and flexible. Yoga with the goal of purifying the earth element can help bring out feelings of commitment and confidence.
Beyond the DMCC, the rest of the UAE has planned out a multitude of different activities to make the celebration of Earth Hour a meaningful and fulfilling experience, akin to the celebrations of the past years.
Last year, the emirate of Dubai reported to have saved up on a record 323 megawatts (MW). The energy savings are calculated by subtracting the peak energy use before and the drop-in energy use during Earth Hour.
“Earth Hour is celebrated around the world as a global movement of solidarity for the planet. We strive, as we celebrate Earth Hour every year, to spark public awareness and action for the rational consumption of natural resources to ensure they last for generations to come, in line with the UAE Vision 2021,” said Dr Thani Bin Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, in Earth Hour 2018.
Since the emirate’s participation in Earth Hour last 2008, Dubai has saved 2,385 MW of energy accumulated in just 11 hours over the past 11 years.
This 2019, the UAE encourages residents to go beyond the Hour with the “Pass It On” campaign. It hopes to “pass the baton” of environmental conservation and awareness on to friends, colleagues, and families.
This is in line with statistics on the Earth Hour UAE website that show how over 80% of the participants in the Earth Hour felt “inspired to do more to protect our planet.”
“In this year’s UAE chapter of Earth Hour, we urge each and every resident to take part in this global initiative. We stress that now more than ever, we need to unite, connect to nature and stand together for the planet. Whether it is by being energy-efficient, eating less red meat, using public transport or choosing sustainable products, now is the time to adopt new habits,” said Laila Mustafa Abdul Latif, Director-General of Emirates Nature-WWF.
The hub encourages everyone to join the millions around the world in turning off the lights and speaking up on why nature matters.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, chief executive officer of DEWA, said: “Organizing Earth Hour supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy.”
He went on to explain that authorities aim to make Dubai with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.
Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for promoting action on energy conservation and climate change. It started as a symbolic light out event in Sydney in the year 2007, and in a little over a decade has already grown to be celebrated in more than seven thousand cities and towns across the globe. It hopes to inspire more people to take action for the planet and for nature.
This year’s Earth Hour is scheduled to fall on March 30, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in participant’s local time. Like the past years, this Earth Hour hopes to highlight the significance of one’s actions towards caring for the environment through a series of small but steady steps towards conserving energy and living a green lifestyle.