REPUBLIKA.CO.ID,JAKARTA – Lights in Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD) Jakarta area were suddenly turned off on Saturday night (25/3) Western Indonesian Time (WIB). Since 08:30 pm to 09:30 pm, some of lights in this elite business area were turned off.
The reason is that some business involving in non-profit foundation Artha Graha Peduli (AGP) in SCBD participated in the energy saving event, Earth Hour. This global event of Earth Hour was initiated to save energy and has been done for the last 10 years. Participating in the event, SCBD contributed in energy saving to support action on climate change.
The dim light of SCBD when lights were turned off was a rare condition yet it did not make the area deserted. To give light on the road, torches were placed in the area.
A Torch Parade was held for an hour by hundreds of people participating in the event. The coordinator of this event, Heka Hertanto, said that this event is held in SCBD annually. He said that around 62 thousand KWH of electricity was saved during the event.
“The energy saved from this event is equal to the reduction of 55.2 ton of carbon dioxide emission which means we give time to Earth for enjoying its freshness” said Heka at the location, on Saturday night.
Heka added that the event aimed to save earth is not only held once a year in SCBD, not only during Earth Hour. “Even every day, we keep using water and paper effectively and throw trash in its proper place”.
The Earth Hour event has been held since 2007 and was initiated by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Since then, many places around the world participate in the event.
In Indonesia, the event aimed to save the environment was held in 60 cities from Sumatera to Papua. For the Capital City of Jakarta, besides SCBD, the Earth Hour event was also held in several iconic locations of Jakarta such as the City Hall (Balai Kota), National Monument (Monumen Nasional), Arjuna Wiwaha Statue area, the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle (Bundaran HI), and Pemuda Statue (Patung Pemuda) area.
Source : http://nasional.republika.co.id/berita/nasional/umum/17/03/25/ondkua415-mendadak-gelap-gulita-kawasan-scbd-hanya-diterangi-obor-malam-ini