For the 9th year in a row, Indonesia is celebrating Earth Hour on March 25 this year. The global movement aims to take real action in order to reduce the ecological footprint and greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to preserve earth and raise awareness on environmental issues. This year’s theme is “Shine A Light on Climate Action -from Moment to Movement”.
Held simultaneously around the world – in Jakarta it will be between 08:30 pm and 09:30 pm – 35 cities in Indonesia will participate in Earth Hour, from Banda Aceh to Jayapura, joining another 7000 cities in 178 countries in this global movement.
In Jakarta,the lighting for city icons like National Monument Monas, the Arjuna Wijaya chariot statue, Bundaran HI, Kempinski Hotel and Balai Kota will be switched off for one hour. Individuals are welcome to join as well by turning off the lights in their homes and not use electronic devices during that time.
WWF Indonesia calls all parties from individuals and communities to the mass media and businesses as well as the government to participate in the Earth Hour action through the movement #SejutaAksi (a million actions). This movement encourages people to reduce the use of plastic bags and replace it with a shopping bag. The public is also invited to donate used T-shirts which will then be converted into reusable shopping bags and distributed in traditional markets and supermarkets.
If you would like to actively join the movement of #SejutaAksi on 25 March, there are several meeting points throughout the day across Jakarta: Central Park and Neo Soho (02:00 pm to 04:00 pm), Benton Junction Lippo Karawaci (07:00 pm to 09:30 pm), The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta (07:00 pm to 09:00 pm) and the Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta on Sunday, 26 March (09:00 am to 12:00 pm). Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta supports the campaign of Earth Hour by organizing a Sunday Market which features local and environmentally friendly food products from various vendors.