How much can just one hour of energy savings do for hour planet?
– 284 Canadian cities and municipalities participating
– 3249 cities and towns in 84 countries across all seven continents prepare to unite for Earth Hour
– 829 icons and landmarks around the world to switch off lights in support of climate change action
It might seem like an insignificant amount of time in the large scheme of things but the impact on the planet is potentially huge. Earth hour is an opportunity for the citizens of the world to send a clear message that they want to take action on climate change.
Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. WWF is urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
Over 82 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009. Here is a rundown of some international landmarks that are participating:
- The Great Pyramids in Egypt
- The Acropolis in Athens
- The Empire State Building in New York
- The UN headquarters in New York
- The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
- Wembley Stadium in London
- The Bird’s Nest Stadium, the Water Cube, Ling Long Tower and Pangu Plaza in Beijing.
- The Oriental Pearl Tower and the 492m high Shanghai World Financial Center
- The Reserve Bank of India, the Air India buildings, and Indian Tourism Development Corporation’s flagship Ashok Hotel, in India
Various government and urban areas in all of these countries will be participating. Other major cities in emerging and developing countries that are participating in Earth Hour include Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Beunos Aires, Jakarta, Istanbul, Seoul, Mexico City and Manila.
Please do your part for the planet. This Saturday, March 28th at 8.30pm, you can vote Earth by switching off your lights for one hour – EARTH HOUR.