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Maryam Alshehhi
Emirati Writer

The UAE Celebrates Earth Hour

On the last Saturday of March every year, at 8:30 P.M, millions of people worldwide come together to celebrate Earth Hour, showing solidarity with our planet.

Everyone unites towards a common goal known as Earth Hour, where millions globally turn off their lights at home, expressing their noble sentiments and a sense of responsibility towards their planet, acknowledging that Earth urgently needs the combined efforts of the international community to preserve it and ensure its sustainability.

Earth Hour first appeared in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and the idea received a warm global welcome, especially from those who believe in a sustainable planet free from pollution.

Earth faces significant challenges, including climate change and noticeable damage to the environment and nature, which threatens the lives of millions worldwide.

The United Arab Emirates was one of the first countries globally to respond to the initiative in 2009, with Dubai being the first Arab and Gulf city to adopt Earth Hour annually.

This should come as no surprise, as the wise leader of UAE and the architect of its prosperity, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was a pioneer in environmental efforts, receiving several international awards in this field.

Moreover, the UAE has followed the approach of its late founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, by hosting the COP28 conference, coinciding with its year of sustainability.

During the event, Abu Dhabi welcomed world leaders, with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, personally receiving the delegations.

This demonstrates His Highness’ belief in the importance of the issue and following his father’s footsteps in caring for the environment and sustainability, to accomplish the common goal of addressing climate change and raising awareness about the dangers surrounding our planet.

Earth Hour is a great idea that motivates leaders and people to move forward in preserving our planet and ensuring its continuous habitability. It challenges us to work towards its survival and sustainability, away from climate changes that could threaten the lives of millions around the globe.

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