KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 – Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib is confident that KL will get 350 buildings to turn off their lights for an hour tomorrow for Earth Hour. He told that if this target was achieved tomorrow, he would pledge to build more cycling routes around the capital. “I will make sure they are rewarded with these cycling routes if we can meet the target of 350 buildings to participate in the Earth Hour campaign.
“I can’t identify how many routes as of yet because we will have to sit down and discuss possible safe routes and work out a plan,” he said. He said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) managed to get 86 buildings to participate in 2013 while the number increased to 277 last year. The official Earth Hour website states that this year’s event will commence on Saturday, March 28, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time.
A record-breaking 172 countries and territories have confirmed their participation, including nations on the climate front lines like the Philippines, Maldives and Madagascar and key climate actors such as Brazil, the United States and China, according to the website.
Since 2007, WWF’s Earth Hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, igniting public awareness and action on climate in more than 7,000 cities across the world, including Kuala Lumpur. Ahmad Phesal said he hoped that many buildings would take this opportunity to participate in the event.