QT-Online / Saturday, March 28, 2020 / Categories: Top News Sheikha Mayassa calls on Qatari public to switch off lights for an hour at 8:30pm Tribune News Network Doha Tonight, millions of people around the world will come together — digitally amid the coronavirus pandemic — and switch off their lights to mark the Earth Hour 2020 at 8:30 pm. The lights are expected to remain off for an hour in solidarity with the call for urgent action to protect nature. Qatar is expected to join the "lights-out" movement, with HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, the Chairperson of the Qatar Museums (QM), calling on the public in the country to switch off their lights. "Join us tomorrow from 8.30pm to 9.30pm to celebrate the #EarthHour and the hope of building a better future for the earth by being responsible citizens, turn off the lights and light the candles instead as a message from Qatar to the world to protect our planet. #EarthHourQatar," she tweeted on Friday. This year, a new initiative from the World Economic Forum will take centre stage in the form of a petition called “Voice for the Planet”. The petition calls on world leaders to take urgent action to protect our natural home, and invites people from all over the world to add their voice to the planet’s plea for help. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the WWF. The first Earth Hour took place in 2007 as a “lights out” event in Sydney, Australia. It then turned into an annual event, encouraging communities and businesses around the world to turn off their lights for one hour. Previous Article Al Rufaa Intersection opens to traffic Next Article Qatar Central Bank launches mobile payment system Print 12916 Rate this article: 4.1 Please login or register to post comments.