Costa Rica Will Cut the Lights on Saturday for ‘Earth Hour’

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Ricans plan to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday night to join “Earth Hour” along with a series of concerts as part of the activities, the organizers reported today.

    “We’re joining about 2 billion people around the world with one ideal: to save the planet and become part of an interconnected global community that is in 154 countries,” said the representative of “Earth Hour” for Costa Rica, Jose Molina.

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    The event, which began in 2007, is to voluntarily turn off all lights and electronic devices between 20:30 and 21:30 local time (02:30 and 3:30 GMT Sunday) to symbolically bring attention on the need to reverse the effects of climate change.

    National institutions such as the legislature, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the National Insurance Institute, the Melico Salazar Theater, and numerous bars and international fast food chains like McDonald’s have said they will join Earth Hour.

    In addition, the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (CADEXCO) has called on its members to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday.

    Molina added that this is a time of reflection for people to take concrete actions and understand that the world needs a break.

    “We turn off the light because we have to do something for the planet and we have to take action. We are becoming more aware that the only thing that can save environmental degradation is the action of individuals, not the government or NGOs. It is the individual action of people and their families, ” he said.

    At night, in Liberty Park, south of San Jose, a series of concerts will be performed along with other cultural activities.

    When the hour is complete, balloons will be launched as a sign that the goal is met.

    “Earth Hour” is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In 2012, involved more than one billion people in over 153 countries joined in and it is considered the world’s largest campaign for the planet, according to the organization. (ACAN-EFE)

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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