LIGHTS OUT FOR EARTH HOUR

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To­mor­row marks the 10th year of Earth Hour – the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) global en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment against cli­mate change, which started in Syd­ney in 2007. It’s sim­ple enough to join the en­tire world in go­ing elec­tric­ity-free for an hour to­mor­row, by switch­ing off from 8.30-9.30pm.

There are also events to cel­e­brate the move­ment. Dubai Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (Dewa) will be host­ing a fam­ily fes­ti­val at Bay Av­enue Park in Busi­ness Bay from 4pm, where you can par­tic­i­pate in an Earth Hour walk and see the Burj Khal­ifa switch off its lights. Dewa is also host­ing an Earth Hour Trea­sure Hunt based on the theme of sus­tain­abil­ity, which will take play­ers around old Dubai, with each clue and chal­lenge teach­ing a les­son on his­tory and sus­tain­abil­ity. Reg­is­ter at de­waearth­hour.com and get a free Earth Hour pack.

Shar­jah res­i­dents should check out the En­vi­ron­ment and Pro­tected Ar­eas Au­thor­ity (EPAA) pro­gramme of en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness at Al Ma­jaz Wa­ter­front. Par­tic­i­pate in bi­cy­cle rides, en­vi­ron­men­tal games and work­shops, and there’s also a mu­ral of the Earth Hour logo. It starts at 5.30pm.

The Ritz-Carl­ton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, will switch off all un­nec­es­sary lights at 8.30pm to­mor­row and in­vites guests to a blind din­ner on the beach. The three-course meal will fea­ture a se­cret menu pre­pared with en­ergy-sav­ing meth­ods and or­ganic in­gre­di­ents. From Dh300; the funds will be do­nated to the ho­tel’s so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme, Com­mu­nity Foot­prints. Kids can cre­ate float­ing pa­per boats at Ritz kids’ club and set them to sail in the pool when the lights go off. Call 02 818 8282.

The Earth Hour Loverun at JLT Park kicks off at 7pm. The glow-in-the-dark run will see you write a prom­ise for the earth; par­tic­i­pants will be given a goody bag and cold re­fresh­ments. Visit pre­mieron­line.com.

In the gar­den city, things get even greener with Al Ain Rotana’s Earth Hour ini­tia­tive. The ho­tel will shut down all elec­tric­ity and staff will stage a hu­man for­ma­tion of the Earth Hour logo il­lu­mi­nated by so­lar lanterns. Later, an Earth Hour party will be held at Aquarius pool bar, where the Trader Vic’s band will play acous­tic mu­sic pow­ered by a bi­cy­cle gen­er­a­tor.

Fi­nally, par­tic­i­pate in the Emi­rates Wildlife So­ci­ety-WWF’s Green Goals cam­paign by us­ing #EarthHourUAE on so­cial me­dia to share your pledges of what mea­sures you are tak­ing to re­duce your car­bon foot­print. Visit uae.panda.org. Just don’t charge your phone dur­ing Earth Hour!

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