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Moldova marks Earth Hour by turning off lights during one hour

11:47 | 25.03.2023 Category: Social

Chisinau, 25 March /MOLDPRES/ - Moldova today marks the Earth Hour, thus joining the sustained actions to this end internationally. Thus, today evening starting from 20:30, the illumination of the public institutions and the street illumination will be disconnected till 21:30.

The action has the goal to raise the awareness of electric energy consumers about the problem of carbon dioxide issued into the atmosphere when generating electric energy, through turning off the power for one hour.  

The spokesman for the government, Daniel Voda, said that all public institutions would turn off the lights for one hour and urged the citizens to join the action. ‘’On this Saturday, the governmental institutions join the Earth Hour global movement. Together with the people at home, we can contribute to the protection of the environment. Therefore, I urge you to turn off the light for one hour. The public institutions will do the same. The action represents a symbol of the respect for the nature, a contribution brought to diminishing the consequences of the climate changes,’’ Daniel Voda said.     

„The Earth Hour has been marked since 2007, at an initiative by the World Wildlife Fund. According to the Earth Hour, annually, on the last Saturday of March, people from all over the world participate in the greatest global environment action starting from 20:30 till 21:30. Citizens from over 180 countries bring together at more events, in order to warn the mankind about the climate changes and the process of degradation of the biodiversity, soils, affection of the water resources, woods and food security.    

The event has been marked in Moldova since 2008. According to estimations, if during one hour, all household consumers from Moldova turned off the electric energy supply, about 278,000 KW/hour of electricity would be saved. As much as 86,800 cubic metres of natural gas is burned to generate this quantity of energy, as a result of which 165 tons of greenhouse gas are issued into the atmosphere.

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