Earth Hour 2019 sweeps across the globe

Christopher Davidson
April 2, 2019

More than 180 countries and regions have joined in this year, plunging themselves into darkness for one hour from 8:30 p.m. local time.

Other global landmarks that flicked the switch included Sydney's Opera House, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Dubai's Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest skyscraper - the Acropolis in Athens, Shanghai Tower and the Kremlin building in Moscow. "But we are pushing the planet to the limit and nature is severely under threat", said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International.

This worldwide campaign encouraging people and businesses to turn off lights and other electric appliances is in support of the global call for action on climate change to reduce carbon footprint.

These voices are hopeful in dark times for the world's climate, and probably played a part in more people than ever switching off their lights for Earth Hour yesterday (March 30). But each of the individuals who participate in Earth Hour has decided their ambition is higher, and I believe this changes the game entirely.

Fish says one reason may be that British Columbians are more energy efficient throughout the year anyways, so they don't feel a need to turn off the lights for that hour.

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"We're the first generation to know we are destroying our planet", WWF said.

Past year across the United Kingdom, 10 million people took part, along with more than 7,000 schools, 400 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations, the charity said.

Over 3000 corporations in Hong Kong signed up for Earth Hour 2019, according to the WWF Hong Kong website.

Exterior and ornamental lights at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul will be turned off from 8:30 9:30 p.m. Saturday in observance of Earth Hour. The lights at the Hermitage Museum were switched off, and the city center went pitch black.

A grassroots environmental movement aims to have Vancouver Islanders curtail electricity use during Saturday's Earth Hour.

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