ENVIRONMENT EVENTS

Earh Hour to be marked in Bucharest through switching off lights and bicycle ride

The Earth Hour will be marked in Bucharest on Saturday evening by public institutions, companies, cultural centres, organisations and locals symbolically switching off the lights in the interval 20:30-21:30 as well as through a bicycle ride.

This years’ event slogan is “Give nature some of your energy”.

The Presidential Administration joins the Earth Hour international campaign, therefore on Saturday, between 20:30-21:30, the indoor and outdoor lighting of the Cotroceni Presidential Palace will be turned off.

According to a release, the Presidential Administration joins the other institutions of 42 cities in Romania to mark, under the slogan “Give nature some of your energy”, the Earth Hour event.

Climate changes represent a major threat to humanity and the environment, which must be fought against before the impact becomes unmanageable, the Presidential Administration maintains.

In 2016, in Romania, the campaign brings together both institutions of the central and local administration and non-governmental associations and organsations, in a demarche meant to draw the attention on the environmental problems and to mark, on a symbolic level, the efforts to reduce the energy consumption, the release points out.

* The Chamber of Deputies on Saturday will switch off the indoor and outdoor lighting for one hour, to mark “Earth Hour in Romania.”

“The Chamber of Deputies this year too is partner of the “Earth Hour in Romania” event, which is carried out together with the ‘World Wide Fund for Nature’ international organisation. To mark this environmental protection voluntary action, the indoor and outdoor lighting will be switched off on Saturday, between 20:30 and 21:30. The Chamber of Deputies has been a partner of this action since 2009,” the Chamber informed in a press release.

* The Government joins in 2016, too, the public institutions and organisations worldwide which mark the Earth Hour. On Saturday, the lighting at Victoria Palace will be switched off for one hour, between 20:30 and 21:30.

Ministries and other governmental institutions will join this demarche of the Executive, a Government release reads.

* Earth Hour will also be marked through a bicycle ride which will begin at the moment of the light switch off, at 20:30. The initiative in Bucharest will be carried out with the support of WWF-Romania, Adevaratii Veloprieteni and SkirtBike. The meeting point of those who want to participate in this action will be the “Nameless Roundabout”, across the street from the Palace of Parliament, on the United Nations Boulevard, at 19:30. The initiators of the event are planning to officially name this place the “Bikers’ Roundabout.”

* In front of the Romanian Athenaeum on Saturday, starting 20:30, over 300 children of the “Cantus Mundi” National Programme (a directorate of the Madrigal-Marin Constantin National Chamber Choir) will sing together for one hour, giving nature some of their energy.

Earth Hour campaign was launched in 2007 in Sydney by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

In the 2015 edition, the moment was marked in 172 countries and territries, Earth Hour being at present the greatest event devoted to the environment and climate change on a global level.

 

 

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