KUCHING: The Padawan Municipal Council (PMC) has signed up to participate in Earth Hour 2009 this Saturday (March 28).

PMC public relations officer Abdul Razak Awang Bini said yesterday all staff have been directed to turn off all non-essential lights for the programme.

He said the council’s building at Kota Padawan will go dark for Earth Hour.

“We will respond to the call for Earth Hour 2009, and our staff have been directed to switch off the lights at their homes,” said Razak after attending the PMC Integrated Resident Councillorship System (IRCS) launch.

He said the council hoped to contribute to awareness on global warming by participating in the worldwide programme.

Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative that invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour to show support for action on climate change.

It began in 2007 in Sydney, where 2.2 million homes and businesses turned off their lights for one hour.

Earth Hour 2009 is will be from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday.

To date over 1,500 cities and towns in 80 countries have already committed to join the programme.

from Borneo Post Online