Brunei: A peaceful nation takes powerful action for Earth Hour
Officially known as the Nation of Brunei, Abode of Peace, the small South East Asian state held its second Earth Hour in 2011 with attendants across ages, races, religions, and social backgrounds uniting in celebration of their commitment to take ongoing environmental action beyond the hour.
At the official Earth Hour event near the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, extra pledge stations needed to be opened up to cater for the mass public turnout who wanted their Earth Hour commitment to the planet recognised.
The Brunei government made a commitment to go beyond the hour with legislation to exercise control over imported vehicles with high fuel consumption, thereby promoting the use of fuel-efficient cars. In addition, Brunei’s government is in the midst of promoting new residential housing with the aim of reducing deforestation to create new residential areas. They have also begun to enforce the use of re-usable bags—banning the use of plastic ones.
Brunei’s Minister of Energy also endorsed the Tenaga Suria Brunei (TSB) project; a solar grid with the capacity to power more than 200 homes. The TSB project is the largest solar power demonstration plant in South East Asia, presenting the nation with a powerful illustration of what can be achieved by switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.