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Jakarta Post

Earth Hour adjusted to presidential debate

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 27, 2019   /   07:06 pm
Earth Hour adjusted to presidential debate High rise buildings in Thamrin, Central Jakarta, during the annual Earth Hour on March 19, 2016. This year, the city administration has not ordered that all government buildings and shopping malls turn their lights off during Earth Hour due to a presidential debate on Saturday. (Tempo/Aditia Noviansyah)

With the next presidential debate scheduled on Saturday at 8 p.m., an official has said that the city administration will limit Earth Hour to only a handful of locations.

“Since [Earth Hour] is happening during the presidential election debate, this year, the city is not instructing that [all government offices and shopping malls] turn the lights off. Only lights at seven locations will be turned off from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m,” the governor's deputy assistant for the environment, Yuli Hartono, said during an Earth Hour press conference in Dukuh Atas, South Jakarta, on Wednesday.

The seven buildings or areas where lights will be turned off during Earth Hour are City Hall, Tugu Tani monument, the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, Jenderal Sudirman statue, Arjuna Wiwaha statue and the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta and the Semanggi overpass in South Jakarta.

“Last year we instructed that city offices, shopping malls [turn off their lights], but we cannot do that [on Saturday] because there are live screenings [of the presidential debate] everywhere. This is a five-yearly event, we cannot interrupt that,” he added.

Last year, Jakarta reduced electricity use by 157 megawatts during Earth Hour.

Prior to the campaign last year, the administration issued a gubernatorial instruction that required that government offices in the city, up to the subdistrict level, dim their lights for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m. (sau)