President urges people to participate in Earth Hour 2010

President Asif Ali Zardari has called upon people to observe the Earth Hour on Saturday (today) alongwith the international community by voluntarily switching off extra lights for one hour between 8:30pm to 9:30pm on that day.

According to Spokesman of Presidency, President also urged people to optimally utilize essential commodities like energy for the greatest good of greatest number of people.

“The Earth Hour 2010 is being observed for the first time throughout the world on Saturday, 27th March, 2010 between 8:30pm to 9:30pm to impress upon the need to save energy and preserve environment for a better future, President said in a message on Friday.

“I am pleased to learn that the Ministry of Environment, Government of Pakistan has also decided to join the international community in observing Earth Hour at the appointed time.

“Conservation of natural resources and essential commodities is critical to creating a sustainable environment. It is important that we conserve and use wisely essential commodities like energy particularly electricity so as to make it available for other worthwhile uses.

“On this occasion, therefore, I urge the people of Pakistan to join hands with other responsible nations on Saturday March, 27, by collectively acting to conserve energy. The wide scale participation by our people will not only impress upon the need for energy conservation but also send a strong message that as a responsible player on the international stage we are conscious of our global and international responsibilities on issues of concern to the mankind., he said.

“The government has taken a number of measures to improve the power sector. However, no matter what measures are taken to increase power production we will need to adopt the habit of conservation so as to utilize the available resources most optimally and for the greatest good to the greatest number of people, he said.

“Joining global call to observe Earth Hour on 27th March between 8:30pm to 9:30pm by switching off extra lights and appliance in government and non-government buildings will be a worthwhile effort in this direction.

“I wish all concerned success their endeavor”, he added.

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