KUALA TERENGGANU (The New Straits Times): The state government is the latest to jump on the Earth Hour bandwagon by agreeing to turn off the lights in state and federal government agency buildings for an hour tomorrow.
Earth Hour is an annual international event organised by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). Homes and businesses are urged to turn off non-essential lights and electrical appliances for an hour to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change.
WWF hopes to achieve its target of getting one billion people to do this as part of a vote against global warming.
The Earth Hour campaign began in Sydney in 2007, involving 2.2 million homes and businesses before going global last year with 50 million participants.
State Industrial, Commerce and Environment Committee chairman Toh Chin Yaw said Terengganu wanted to show its commitment as an environmental-friendly government by participating in the event.
He said the state government had been practising other energy-saving methods, including switching off the air-conditioners in government buildings half an hour before they closed.
Government departments also switched off their air-conditioners during lunch break, he added.
State Secretary Datuk Mokhtar Nong said a circular had been sent to government departments to take part in the Earth Hour campaign.
Meanwhile, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu’s Environmental Technology Club said that both the campus and the hostels would have their lights switched off for an hour tomorrow.