Children and campaigners from WWF at an event in Jakarta to coincide with Earth Hour. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

Jakarta Readies for Earth Hour Blackout


MARCH 25, 2015

Jakarta. Jakarta City Council has nominated a number of locations around the city to take part in Earth Hour this Saturday, a global event which sees lights turned off for one hour to raise awareness about climate change.

The annual event, which started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, encourages households, businesses and communities to switch off their non-essential lights between 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday of March.

Indonesia first participated in the event in 2009.

"The campaign will be held on Saturday so not to disturb [work] activity," said Haris Pindratno, head of Jakarta's Industry and Energy Agency. "There will be eight areas where the campaign will be executed."

Monuments or buildings that have been earmarked for darkness are the Balai Kota building; the Patung Pemuda statue; street lights running from Jl. Jenderal Sudirman to Jl. M.H. Thamrin; street lighting over Jl. Gatot Subroto and Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said; city-owned billboard lighting; as well as the Bundaran Hotel Indonesia and Arjuna Wiwaha fountain.

Haris said the Jakarta government also has requested owners or managers of buildings over Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman,  Jl. Gatot Subroto and Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said participate in the blackout campaign.