PM Sorin Grindeanu says that although symbolic, Earth Hour can contribute, thanks to its force to set an example, to the multiplication of delay gestures that will protect the environment.
“This is how the hour when no lights were on looked at the Victoria Palace [the Government House]. It is a symbolic gesture, but maybe this way, thanks to its force to set an example, more of us will do something in our daily life to protect the environment,” Grindeanu said Sunday in a Facebook post where he attached a video of the moment when the lights went on and off at Victoria Palace.
Romania’s Presidential Administration, Government, Parliament as well as other public bodies and private institutions joined this year’s Earth Hour event by switching off their lights on Saturday, from 20:30hrs to 21:30hrs.
Earth Hour is an international event that has been held on the last Saturday of March since 2007. The Erath Hour community of supporters is said to have reached 2 billion people this year in 7,000 towns and cities in 152 countries.
Earth Hour is celebrated in Romania starting 2009, continuing the tradition of turning off the lights in a symbolic manner. A number of 1.4 million KWh quantity of energy would have been saved, according to estimations, if Romanians had turned off all the lights in their households and had disconnected all the electronics for “Earth Hour.”