BHAS observes Earth Hour with pledges to save the environment
Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery (BHAS) joined more than 7000 cities in 160 countries across the world on Saturday night (29th March, 2014) in celebrating the Earth Hour - a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.
In a symbolic gesture to conserve energy, lights were switched-off across BHAS facility last night as Earth Hour Blue instigated its journey around the globe. The shutdown was scheduled at 8:30 PM local time and lasted for 60 minutes until 9:30 PM. During the blackout phase, our staff, along with our ardent patients actively engaged in the event by dimming lights in patient rooms and hosting energy-saving activities which included lighting candles, glimmering glow-sticks, releasing balloons and lanterns in the air with a pledge to conserve environment and natural treasures. The move demonstrates BHAS unremitting commitment to the planet and the preservation of its natural resources by increasing awareness among staff, patients and the communities, of the work hospitals are accomplishing to diminish their environmental footprint. BHAS Director General, Dr. Samih Tarabichi commended the ingenuities and stated “Earth Hour is a reconvening call for all to consider the environment as something we all need to preserve. It is not just about turning extra lights off. It’s about changing lifestyles and consumption patterns, to be more aware about how we use our planet’s finite resources. We have remained unwavering to our commitment of developing world class healthcare facilities that are in compliance with green building standards, which has become a vital principle in our policies-because we believe that the future generations deserve to inherit a clean and safe world to live in."
Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery
PO Box: 114448, Dubai - Sheikh Zayed Rd, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 407 0100
Fax: +971 4 407 0101