A host of activities to mark Earth Hour 2017

The Marina Bay area before (top left) and during Earth Hour in 2012. The annual event will see 200 businesses and organisations here switch off their lights for an
hour in support of the environment tomorrow night. The largest turnout is expected at
The Marina Bay area before (top left) and during Earth Hour in 2012. The annual event will see 200 businesses and organisations here switch off their lights for an hour in support of the environment tomorrow night. The largest turnout is expected at the F1 Pit Building. PHOTO: WWF SINGAPORE

Some 200 businesses and organisations have pledged to switch off their lights for an hour tomorrow night in support of Earth Hour, which is marking its 10th year.

This includes shopping malls Ang Mo Kio Hub and Bugis Junction, banks such as United Overseas Bank, and government agencies including the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

The largest turnout in the event’s history in Singapore is expected at the F1 Pit Building tomorrow, where green group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has organised a host of activities.

This will include a laser show at the Singapore Flyer and music performances by local artistes Dru Chen, Inch Chua and Shigga Shay.

The WWF is also tying up with the organisers of the Sundown Marathon this year, where race participants will be running for a cause and promoting environmental sustainability. Over 35,000 people are expected to take part.

For instance, instead of liquid water in disposable cups, runners will be given water in jelly form at water points, in a bid to reduce waste.

This feature, along with liquid water in reusable bottles, will be available in the 5km Earth Hour Run.

Runners can also bury the biodegradable medal they receive in soil, which will then grow into basil plants.

  • 2007

    The year Earth Hour was started in Sydney, Australia.

  • 170

    Numberof countries and territories that observe it each year.

Other Earth Hour initiatives include the exchange of used incandescent light bulbs for new energy- saving LED light bulbs at i Light Marina Bay, where visitors who take a train or bus to the festival also stand a chance to win an ez-link card topped up with $28 in a lucky draw.

Real estate company CapitaLand said it is ramping up its annual Earth Hour campaign in Singapore by organising a series of fun and educational activities accompanied by various rewards to encourage stakeholders to adopt greener, healthier and more sustainable lifestyles. This year, more than 280 CapitaLand properties around the world, including all 34 CapitaLand properties in Singapore, will be participating in Earth Hour.

And Royal Plaza on Scotts’ buffet restaurant Carousel will be serving dishes with vegetables grown on its rooftop, one of its efforts to reduce the carbon footprint involved in transporting vegetables.

The annual lights-out event, which started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, has spread to more than 170 countries and territories.

This year’s event will be held tomorrow, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm in Singapore.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2017, with the headline 'A host of activities to mark Earth Hour 2017'. Print Edition | Subscribe