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The world goes dark again

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 by Servage

Earth Hour - LogoThe World Wildlife Foundation is asking the world to shut of their lights for the Earth Hour again. We take the opportunity for a reminder in the 11th hour. In their Media Centre they have released the following information for the start of the Earth Hour out East in Australia.

Earth Hour’s founding city of Sydney, Australia has helped launch the 2010 event with another resounding participation in the now-global call for a more harmonious relationship between humans and nature. The event in Sydney was heralded – as usual – with the lights going out on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House with other major landmarks in State capitals and nearly 150 other communities joining in. Melbourne had an equivalent double with historic Flinders Street station and modern icon Federation Square going dark, while in Brisbane, the lights went out on the city’s Storey Bridge. Beers by candlelight in pubs across the vast country were accompanied by cheering as the lights went out. Events being staged ranged from meditation sessions towards a better world to beach parties. Earth Hour had got off to a much quieter start in the remote Chatham Islands, close by the International Date Line in the western Pacific, when residents turning off diesel generators became the first of an expected hundreds of millions to turn off lights in a global expression of concern over climate change. By the time, lights are turned back on in Samoa 26 hours later (due to a kink in the International Date Line), the tiny Chatham island’s community of about 600 will has been joined by seven of the world’s ten largest cities – Shanghai, Mumbai, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Moscow and Dehli. “Earth Hour provides a global platform for millions of people to voice their concern about the devastating effects of climate change,” said WWF Director General James Leape who is on hand to help turning off the lights in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

As the event launched, a record 125 countries and territories (up from 88 in 2009) and over 4000 cities, towns and municipalities (1200 more than at the commencement of Earth Hour 2009) had signed up to join the event. “When Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007, we never in our wildest dreams imagined it would catch on like this,” said Founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley. “The world’s citizens know that the time to act is now – the planet can’t wait. More and more of the world’s people, more and more of the world’s businesses and more and more of the world’s communities want to take action themselves and want their leaders to keep working on a solution for a better, healthy world.”

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5 comments (leave a comment)

Nice that you support this!

Though I actually run an energy management company I still wonder if the problems of the planet are to do with our involvment or mainly to do with the natural ebb and flow of our planet controlled by the sun,s activety.

Why don’t you turn off all the servers next time? :)

Do not believe the green hype… I’m 35 ys old and have always cared for the planet and did and keep doing my part, but all the hype, especially everything coming from the World Wildlife Foundation is BS oriented to create a one world government via carbon emission taxes.

Start informing yoursleves, it is a must if you want to survive what’s coming. And TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

Cheers

That is a great idea to get people aware of the hugh problem we all face.

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