The State of Kuwait joined other countries of the world in celebrating the Earth Hour on Saturday, March 19, out of keenness on promoting the public awareness about effective use of power, Director General of the Environment Public Authority Sheikh Abdullah Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said.
"We support the global efforts aiming to bring about far-reaching social impacts through boosting good-governance in, and sustainable use of, energy," he told KUNA on the sidelines of a function organized by Kuwait Environment Protection Society (KEPS) on this occasion tonight.
"The Earth Hour is a community initiative involving government and non-government institutions in a collective effort that aims to promote and environment-friendly practices, curb excessive use of electricity and stem climate change.
"The manifestations of celebration in Kuwait include turning off the lights at the EPA building as a token action which will spread to other state buildings and encourage the public to join this civilized campaign in the future," he pointed out.
Sheikh Abdullah reaffirmed the EPA support to any initiative that could contribute to curbing the carbon dioxide emissions out of the country's keenness on contribution to the UN effort to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.
Meanwhile, Eng. Sherif Al-Khayyat, head of EPA climate change division, said the KEPS function is a reminder of the risks of the climate change and the depletion of natural resources.
Abdulamir Al-Jazzaf, the KEPS Secretary General, said the annual event is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, environment police, Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) and Kuwait Medical Association (KMA).