Earth Hour, the world’s largest movement for the planet, has launched its 2013 campaign. On Saturday 23rd March 2013, Bangkok will join with 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories around the world to turn off lights between 8:30pm and 9:30pm local time. Campaigning under the theme of “I will if you will”, 2013 is the fifth consecutive year that this environmentally-friendly campaign is being hosted in Thailand.
With hopes of encouraging energy-saving behaviour as part of everyday life, organisers will conduct this year’s event mainly at the CentralWorld shopping complex offices. In addition to this venue, organisers plan to coordinate with other important venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Rama 8 Bridge, the Giant Swing, as well as events in the provinces. Last year, the campaign saved up to 1,528 megawatts of electricity, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by as much as up to 815 tonnes, worth a staggering 4.37 million baht. This year’s target is set at 2,000 megawatts.