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Jakarta Post

GBK stadium to go dark for Earth Hour

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 16, 2018   /   08:00 pm
GBK stadium to go dark for Earth Hour Get ready: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia CEO Rizal Malik (second right) takes a picture with Earth Hour ambassadors Arifin Putra (right) and Davina Veronica (second left) at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Friday. The stadium will go dark on March 24 to honor Earth Hour. (JP/Ramadani Saputra )

Jakarta residents will miss the colorful lights decorating the recently revamped Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Sports Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Saturday, but it’s all for a good cause.

The stadium will go completely dark for one hour to celebrate Earth Hour. It will be the ninth time for Indonesia to take part in the global ecological awareness campaign.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia, together with the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) and the GBK management center, will honor Earth Hour on March 24 by turning off the lights of the main stadium from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The initiative aims to raise public concern about climate change.

It is in line with the green campaign previously conveyed by INASGOC chairman Erick Thohir, who wants the multi-sport Asian Games in August and September to leave a good legacy, such as by promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“During the Asian Games, the number of vehicles inside the GBK complex will be limited, and spectators should go walking,” he said on Thursday.

The same spirit is reflected in the committee’s support of the WWF’s campaign against illegal trade in wildlife. Earth Hour will be celebrated in 180 countries across the globe and 60 cities in Indonesia. (rdi/ebf)