Earth Hour (scheduled on the last Saturday of March) is a global event organized by WWF (World Wildlife Fund), inviting individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their non-essential lighting and power for one hour, to show their support for action on climate change.
Although WWF acknowledged that switching off lights and other non-essential powered gadgets and equipment for an hour each year is not going to solve the earth’s environmental problems, but it does give people “a voice for the future of our planet”. It sends a strong message to corporate and world leaders that action is needed to combat climate change. As individuals, we all can play our part.
Last year, the following iconic landmarks from around the world went dark for Earth Hour. I was told the Petronas Twin Towers too joined the effort so I have included it in the list.
* Empire State Building
* Brooklyn Bridge
* Broadway Theater Marquees
* Las Vegas Strip
* United Nations Headquarters
* Golden Gate Bridge
* Seattle’s Space Needle
* Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple
* Gateway Arch in St. Louis
* Great Pyramids of Giza
* Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens
* Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro
* St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
* Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London
* Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower in Paris
* Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube
* Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong
* Sydney’s Opera House
* Petronas Twin Towers
To get a better sense of the magnitude and inspiring nature of the event, take a moment to watch WWF’s video about Earth Hour 2009.
People of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.
Learn about how Climate Change can affect the Earth and the benefit of Saving Energy.
Join the 579 cities, towns and municipalities and 77 countries and regions across every continent that have already signed up to this year’s ‘lights out’ event referred to as "the greatest show on earth" for climate change.
Set the clock for 8:30pm, Sat, Mar 27. For Earth, For Ourselves..