Thai people are invited to join others in 7,000 cities in 178 nations across the world to turn off lights for an hour this Saturday to mark Earth Hour 2018, the biggest global environmental event to draw attention to global warming.
Participation in the one-hour event running from 8.30pm to 9.30pm is considered an exercise in raising awareness of climate change and the need for environmental protection.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration recently announced that it has prepared six major landmarks to enable the lights to be turned off – the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, the Temple of Dawn, the Giant Swing, the Rama 8 Bridge, and the Golden Mound.
All government buildings are asked to join with the private sector, communities and individuals in participating in the event.
This year is Bangkok’s 11th year participating.
It is estimated that the capital could save up to 1,953 megawatts of electricity – the equivalent of reducing 1,016 tonnes of CO2 emissions to the environment, representing a saving of up to Bt7,680,000.