‘Earth Hour’ is an environmental initiative where for one hour every year, famous global landmarks and global citizens are encouraged to turn off their lights in a bid to raise awareness of environmental issues.
This year, Earth Hour took place between 8.30 to 9.30pm on Saturday 19 March.
The Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House and Big Ben are just three of the 350 landmarks across 178 countries that took part in the event.
In Bangkok, the huge CentralWorld shopping mall between Siam and Chitlom BTS stations was leading the charge, joined in its electricity-saving efforts by hotels across the city, including the Holiday Inn, Pullman and Dusit Thani.
The Dusit Thani went one step further and also planted 60 trees as part of the campaign.
Tree planting for 60+ Earth Hour Day at Dusit Thani Bangkok… together we can change the world so let’s start do it…
Posted by Dusit Thani Bangkok on Sunday, 20 March 2016
Bangkok’s efforts were certainly not in vain: 2,020 megawatts of electricity and 1,057 tonnes of carbon emissions were saved in just one hour, equivalent to approximately ฿8 million (US$229,400), according to the Nation.
This is the 9th year that Bangkok has participated in Earth Hour, joining over 7,000 other cities in the effort.
This year, Bangkok managed to beat her 2015 total of 1,940 saved megawatts.
Featured image is from the Dusit Thani’s Facebook page