Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University participated in the annual global event of “Earth Hour” by turning off unnecessary lights for one hour, from eight-thirty until nine-thirty in the evening on Saturday; In order to contribute to the rationalization of energy consumption to confront global warming.
The Vice President of the University for Administrative and Financial Affairs - Head of Energy Efficiency at the university - Prof. Dr. Abdul Wahed bin Hamad Al-Mazrou explained that the university’s participation in this global event by switching off external and unnecessary lighting in a number of the university campuses buildings. Moreover, the university’s participation comes from its belief in the concerted efforts of all nationals to shed light on these important phenomena, raise awareness of their dangers, reduce heat emissions to preserve natural resources for future generations, and support the university’s participation in this event in which government and private agencies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participate in saving the planet. Furthermore, this participation aims to raise awareness of the damage of gases emitted from electricity consumption, and work to bring the world together to confront the factors and effects of climate change, as the solidarity of individuals, governments and private sectors for the benefit of their planet and commitment to environmental behaviors is the goal. In addition to urging individuals, government sectors and the private sector to reduce the use of electricity to minimize the proportion of the harmful gases emitted from the use of electricity, he also urged to support the country's approach towards energy rationalization and working to reduce unnecessary consumption as a contribution by members of society to saving energy and reducing its negative effects and emissions.
Al-Mazrou added that the countries of the world celebrate “Earth Hour”, which is on the last Saturday of March of each year. And that by turning off the lights in the most famous tourist attractions in each country from 8:30 in the evening and for 60 minutes with the aim of uniting the world's people to draw attention to the dangers of the phenomenon of climate change. Furthermore, the last Saturday of March was chosen every year, due to its proximity to the date of the vernal equinox, i.e. the night and day being equal, to ensure the participation of most of the world’s cities around the time of the night in these cities, as the Earth Hour moves across time zones respectively.