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Four airports in southern Russia to switch off lights in Earth Hour

March 30, 2012, 17:51 UTC+3

They will be using pinpoint light instead

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MOSCOW, March 30 (Itar-Tass) — Four airports in southern Russia – Sochi, Krasnodar, Gelendzhik and Anapa - will switch off lights on the Earth Hour on Saturday. They will be using pinpoint light instead, a source in the Basel Aero airport managing company told Itar-Tass on Friday.

“Airport terminals will switch off light for one hour at 8:30 p.m. on March 31,” he said, noting that runway and other vital lights would be kept on.

This is the second time the airports will participate in the Earth Hour campaign of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Last year the airports of Krasnodar and Sochi saved about 280 kilowatt/hours of electricity, which is equivalent to an average monthly electricity consumption of a two-room apartment.

“The main goal of this year’s campaign is not to save energy. We want to draw as many people as possible in the Earth Hour action,” Basel Aero General Director Sergei Likhachyov said. “We wish to remind passengers, crews and airport personnel about the need to take care of nature and Earth ecology.”

“About 1,500 passengers and 2,500 airport staff members took part in last year’s action in the Krasnodar and Sochi airports and none of them made any complaints,” Likhachyov said.

The Earth Hour is an international action held annually by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). At 20:30 on the last Saturday of March all the action participants – individuals, organizations and commercial companies – turn off light and non-vital electric appliances for one hour in order to draw public attention to environmental protection problems. The WWF organized the campaign for the first time in Australia in 2007. A year after the campaign gained international recognition, and the Earth Hour became the biggest voluntary action supported by people in 134 states in 2011.



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