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Jordan: Amman joins Earth Hour

Amman, Jordan, will turn off its lights for one hour on Saturday as part of Earth Hour, a worldwide initiative which urges people to turn off their lights for an hour on the 28th of every month, reports The Black Iris.

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  • Earth Hour 2008: Call to Action Jordan movement brought the city’s first Earth Hour to Amman where many jordanian residents eagerly participated with people turning off their lights between 8 and 9pm on March 29,2008.

    Candlelight could be seen flickering in apartments located near the city centre, and several families throughout the city hosted Earth Hour events at private residences.

    Earth Hour 2009: At 8:30 pm on the 28March millions of people around the world will use the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.

    Mark your calendar and join The World Wild Life Fund and our partners in the global “Earth Hour” movement by turning your lights off.

    Where Will the Lights Go Off? Anyone can get involved and individuals around the world will be shutting the lights off in their homes and businesses. In addition, major participation is planned on six continents.

    Jordan will also turn off lights at all public buildings and many main roads on Saturday for one hour on the occasion of the Earth Hour at the aim of increasing awareness on environment to save power and alleviate carbon emission. Electricity will be switched off in certain parts of the capital on Saturday evening for one hour in a message to the public that excessive electricity use contributes to global warming, Minister of Environment Khalid Irani told The Jordan Times on Sunday, noting that as certain street lamps and public agencies will go dark, Amman residents are requested to join the event voluntarily.

    Several families and private businesses are hosting Earth Hour events at private residences, cafés and restaurants where candlight are going to be visible glowing in the dark.

    As members of the WWF we are proud to have introduced the Earth Hour phenomena to Jordan!

    As for Amman streets that will turn off lights:

    – Rainbow Street – Jabal Amman
    – Street of Culture – Shmeisani
    – Omar Matar Street, opposite – Ras Al Ain
    – Wasfi Al Tal Street
    – Zahran Street, between the 5th and 6th circles
    – The street from Jamal Abdul Nasser Square (Interior Ministry) to Zeid Ben Shaker Square (Sports City)
    – Greater Amman Municipality’s main square

  • Sam

    what about the candle parades ???? i heard that there will be a candle parade in Rainbow street !! is that true ?? and if it’s true . . what time ???????

    please reply ASAP !

  • During Earth Hour, we were asking people to turn off all nonessential lights for one hour – no lights that affect public safety since the aim is for everyone to enjoy Earth Hour in a safe and energy efficient environment. However, in Jordan, the Municipality decided just to turn off the street lamp in the stated streets no more.

    We encouraged as many people to turn off the lights as possible through the use of the media. Yet, civil action in Jordan remains a new concept.

    The Call to Action Jordan movement, a non-profit collaboration of independent activists with the GCC and the EDN established 2 years ago, aims to tackle the lack of public awareness to environmental issues we are facing in Jordan: educate, mobilize and inspire personal/community action.

    If you are interested, you could check our campaigns on our website:
    http://call2actjo.ning.com/

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