ESO ANNOUNCES EARTH HOUR ON MARCH 24.
The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) will observe Earth Hour (8.30-9.30pm) this year on March 24. This was announced at its annual Earth Hour event held at Crowne Plaza Muscat on Monday. The global theme this year is Connect2Earth which focuses on raising awareness about global biodiversity and its importance to ecosystems.
In line with the global theme, this year's event will focus on the Arabian Sea humpback whales and through a new collaboration with Xcape Muscat, ESO will hold a scavenger hunt with environmental clues and information at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher, said Suaad al Harthi, programmes director at ESO.
The scavenger hunt held during the public event will challenge participants to solve riddles using clues and information about humpback whales, to find the hidden treasure. Other forms of entertainment will include live music performances, colouring activities for children, food stalls, and an environmental documentary when lights are off.
'Over the last seven years we have noticed Earth Hour gaining traction in Oman with more energy being saved each year as more people show their commitment to our planet. ESO works to achieve this by implementing several local conservation and awareness programmes. Last year's event attracted more than 400 people. We are confident that participants will gain insight into the importance of biodiversity,' Suaad said.