The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland- Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) participated in Bahrain’s Earth Hour, as part of the global movement to protect the environment. The event, held at the Gulf Hotel, was hosted by Coca Cola and saw a variety of partnerships showcasing their efforts to help take a stand against climate change. This event included turning off non-essential lighting within the hotel, themed performances, presentations from local businesses and a key note speech by Mr. Adnan Fakhro, Customer Service Chief Executive from the Electricity & Water Authority Bahrain.
Initiated in 2007, World Wide Fund (WWF)-Australia inspired residents of Sydney to show their support for climate change action in the first ever Earth Hour event. During that event, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses in Sydney turned their lights out for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Earth Hour quickly became an annual global event. It’s scheduled on the last Saturday of every March – closely coinciding with the equinox to ensure most cities are in darkness as it rolled out around the Earth. With the invitation to ‘switch off’ extended to everyone, Earth Hour quickly became an annual global event.
“Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history. More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour in 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.” – Earth Hour.
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Speaking on behalf of RCSI Bahrain at the event, Mr. Mohammed Abdullah, Facilities Manager, highlighted the initiatives that the university has taken to support the environment. His presentation, entitled Every Little Bit Counts, reviewed the recycling programme, use of energy saving lightening, action on water leakages and equipment maintenance throughout the 24 acres that make up the university campus. RCSI Bahrain was proud to be a participant in this volunteer action movement for the environment and prove that every little bit does count.