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Tunisia lights candles to celebrate "Earth Hour".

TUNIS, (TAP) - Candles were lit, Saturday night, in the Theatre of Carthage (northern suburb of Tunis) to celebrate "Earth Hour" in an atmosphere where Tunisia's rich history and the authenticity of its people were mixed.

Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jom kicked off this event during which lights were switched off for one hour.

He called on Tunisians to promote the rational use of energy.

The event was attended by a delegation of government members made up of the ministers of industry, tourism, trade and handicrafts, the Director-General of the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) and the Governor of Tunis.

"Although it is a simple gesture... it has a considerable impact," ANME Director-General Hamdi Harouch told TAP news agency, adding that "Earth Hour," which is held in 153 countries around the world, will allow Tunisia to save about 950 megawatts.

"Earth Hour" is an initiative launched by ANME in partnership with the Culture Ministry, The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the National Agency for Environment Protection, (ANPE), STEG and Orange Tunisie.

According to organisers, the event consists in unplugging non-essential electric appliances for one hour starting from 20:30.

The goal is to draw attention to the need to save electricity and as a result reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight against global warming.

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Date:Mar 30, 2014
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