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Bangkok’s major landmarks to turn off lights to mark Earth Hour on March 24

Bangkok will join 7,000 cities in 178 countries in the world to turn off lights for one hour on March 24 to mark the Earth Hour, the world's biggest annual environmental event to ease global warming.

Deputy governor of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Chakkaphan Piewngam said Bangkok will join in this significant event with 7,000 cities in 178 countries worldwide for one hour to show it cares about the environment.

He said official ceremony to mark this event would be held at Central Grand Plaza Rama 9 from 8.30pm-9.30pm.

BMA has fixed six major landmarks to turn off the lights during the event to raise awareness of climate change.

They are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, the Temple of Dawn, the Giant Swing, the Rama 8 Bridge, and the Golden Mountain.

He said all government buildings, businesses, communities and individuals would also be asked to turn off lights at unnecessary places during the period.

He also said an online campaign would also be launched to encourage all the people to join the event with hashtag #connect2earth or #???????????????????????????? ???? #???????????? on their posts

He added that the event in March 24 would be Bangkok's 11th year that it joined the world to encourage awareness of global warming.

Bangkok could save up to 1,953 megawatts of electricity which was equivalent to reduce 1,016 tons of Co2 emissions in the environment, or save up to 7,680,000 baht.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)