Environmental authorities in Bogota are calling for all of the capital's residents to take part in a city-wide voluntary blackout on Monday night to cut down on the effects of wasted electricity on global warming, reported Colombian media.
The blackout will take place between 8 and 9 o'clock on the night of March 8, and will initiate a monthly event on the 8th day of every subsequent month.
The scheme was approved by the Environmental Council of Bogota in 2009 under the agreement 403, which describes it as a voluntary strategy for saving energy and aiding the reduction of the harmful effects of global warming on the planet.
"Although Bogota contributes only 0.2 percent of greenhouse gases, the city should adopt responsible habits. By turning off lights in homes and offices once a month for an hour we're taking the first step," said Juan Antonio Nieto Escalante, Environment Secretary District.
According to Caracol radio, a similar event that took place last year in Sydney, Australia, saw 2.2 million people take part in the blackout, which meant that energy consumption was reduced by 12.2%.
At the end of this month there will also be an environmental blackout occurring worldwide, in which Colombian homes are encouraged to take part.SOURCE