LIGHTS OUT in over 5 cities in Indonesia at EARTH HOUR 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 · Posted in , ,

On the evening of March 26th 2011, the cities of Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Makassar and several others in Indonesia joined 134 countries around the world in a Massive energy conservation Movement:  Earth Hour 2011.


On that particular evening, at 08.30 to 09.30pm Western and Central Indonesia Time, several landmarks and icons of these cities dramatically turned off all lights and electronic equipment simultaneously. This year also marks the 3rd time Indonesia participated in the campaign.


In the capital Jakarta, The event was centered around the City Hall at South Medan Merdeka Street, led by Jakarta’s Governor, Fauzi Bowo. The Hotel Indonesia roundabout, the Arjuna Wiwaha kereta Kencana Statue, the National Monument, the State Palace and several governmental offices including the City Hall itself, were plunged into darkness at precisely 08.30pm.”Using electricity wisely must become a lifestyle” said Fauzi Bowo during the Earth Hour as reported by KOMPAS.com. During the event, static bikes were pedaled to give power to light up the “60 + Earth Hour” logo, as symbol of alternative energy usage.


In Bandung, hundreds of people gathered at the courtyard of Gedung Sate, a historical art deco heritage building that also serves as the office of the Governor of West Java. Governor Ahmad Heryawan symbolically pressed down the turn off button which was followed by the switching off of all lights and the entire electrical system of the building. (see photo). Several participants subsequently lit Candles forming the Earth Hour logo “60+”. Inside the candle formation, was written :”Save (the) world” and “26 March 2011” to express the cause of the movement.


Earth Hour was also celebrated in Yogyakarta. Several landmarks of the city and province, including the  Prambanan temple complex, the Adipura Fountain, and the famous “Tugu” participated in the event by completely turning their lights off. The occasion was also participated by a number of starred hotels including Grand Hyatt, the Sheraton Mustika, Shantika, Novotel, Ibis, and Phoenix.”Through this event, we hope we can continue our campaign of energy saving and environmental awareness” said coordinator of Earth Hour in Yogyakarta, Lia Damayanti as reported by ANTARANews.com.


In Makassar, South Sulawesi, Hundreds of people at the GTC Mall, Tanjung Bunga, were drawn into the lyrics of Heal The World as they sang along to the everlasting ballad written by the late King Of Pop, Michael Jackson. The Song was sung when candles forming the number 60 became the only source of light at the peak moment of Earth Hour 2011 in Makassar. Supporting the movement as an environmental action, all participants of the Earth Hour in Makassar wore green outfits as symbol for “go green” or for the greener earth.


Earth Hour was also celebrated in other cities. In Surabaya, the motto:”This Earth Hour Go Beyond the Hour” was literally put into action when the Summerset Hotel and Apartment implemented 10 hours of switchkng off lights, from 07.30 pm to 05.30 am. In Semarang, the event was preceded by  a bicycling tour around Pahlawan Street, Simpang Lima Crossing and Tugu Semarang. While In Bali, hotels and convention centers also participated by turning off their lights for one hour.


Vivanews.com reported that the Earth Hour movement had proven to have effectively decreased electricity usage significantly. The action managed to decrease the electricity burden of Java, Madura and Bali as much as 600 Megawatts.


Around the world, Earth Hour was embraced by the global community, transcending race, culture, age and economics as individuals took leadership in their communities in the pursuit of a cleaner and safer planet. Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness of sustainability issues. But there’s more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year. It’s all about giving people a voice and working together to create a better future for our planet.”It’s time to go Beyond the hour”


 


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KOMPAS.com, Seputar-indonesia.com, ANTARANews.com, Vivanews.com, surabayapost.co.id, suaramerdeka.com

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