Monday, March 29, 2010

Earth Hour 2010: Millions Turn off Lights for Earth Hour

Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), saw millions of people switch off their lights for an hour this weekend.

Some of the world's best known landmarks -- including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Rome's Colosseum -- participated on March 27, 2010 at 8:30pm local time, following Sydney's Opera House and Beijing's Forbidden City. In the United States, the lights went out at the Empire State Building in New York, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, among many other sites in the Eastern time zone.

Earth Hour was considered success on west coast. Symbolic lights turned off on Las Vegas Strip and LAX entrance.

Anyone who has been to Los Angeles International Airport in the evening knows about the pillars of light that stand at the beginning of the property. These lights normally portray the different colors and give the passing people something interesting to view. On Saturday for an hour, in a symbolic gesture, the lights were turned off for 'Earth Hour.'

In Las Vegas, many of the lights on the Strip were flipped off at 8:30 too. Again showing the power of shutting down the lights for 60 minutes to stress conservation and participate in the 'Earth Hour.'

In the end, it is not about the energy saved during that hour. It's about the message of awareness that will be spread. From a child asking why the lights are off, to leaders who read the message loud and clear. As more and more people join the effort, the awareness grows... and hopefully people will continue to understand that energy saving measures can be made by each and every one of us.

The image above shows the Empire State Building (L) in New York, Big Ben (C) in London and the Eiffel Tower (R) in Paris with lights turned off during "Earth Hour". -Photo by AFP

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