A week long Easter holiday in Venezuela.
That's what President Hugo Chavez ordered on Wednesday.
“During Easter we have declared Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday a public holiday, so in other words, the whole week during Easter. The aim of this is not laziness, but to save energy,” says Chavez.
Severe power shortages are occurring due to a drought that has put water levels that run into hydroelectric dams at critical levels. The reservoir is at 50 percent now, which is half of its capacity.
The rainy season for the country isn't until May and residents are already struggling to cope with orders to reduce usage.
Government offices currently close at 1 p.m. local time in an effort to reduce power from lights and computers.
Other residents across the world, may not be getting a full week off for Easter, but they'll be reducing their power usage none-the-less.
This Saturday, March 27th marks the celebration of Earth Hour. For one hour, residents will shut off their lights in a fight against climate change.
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