Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Borobudur and Prambanan Temples to Be Darkened During Earth Hour

Indonesia's iconic Borobudur and Prambanan temples are set to be darkened during Earth Hour, the annual campaign to switch off all non-essential electric lights, the World Wide Fund for Nature said on Tuesday (15/03). 

The 2016 Earth Hour campaign will be celebrated at Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, and Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta on Saturday. 

The annual event, initiated in Sydney in 2007, encourages households, businesses and communities to switch off their non-essential lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 

Indonesia first participated in the event in 2009.
WWF Indonesia executive director Efransjah said the major theme of this year's event will be "A Light on Climate Action" to support the Paris Agreement, which was threshed out during the Climate Change Conference in Paris last year. 

"Through the symbolism of turning off our lights and appliances for an hour, we show a real commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Efransjah said in a statement on Tuesday.
This year's campaign is supported by the managements of Prambanan and Borobudur temples and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), Efransjah said.
Besides Borobudur and Prambanan temples, at least 70 cities and 37 Earth Hour communities in Indonesia are also scheduled to join the lights-off campaign. 

The Earth Hour campaign in Borobudur Temple will be broadcasted live via video-streaming application "Periscope." (Jakarta Globe)

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