Millions Participate In This Year’s WWF Earth Hour

Earlier in the month WWF’s Earth Hour brought millions of people from all over the world together (including those orbiting on the International Space Station). The annual exercise is meant to highlight the need for urgent action on climate change. This year there was record participation by people, companies, buildings and landmarks in over 172 countries, all of whom switched off their lights at an agreed time to take part in the world’s largest environmental grassroots exercise.

“From the Earth’s extremes to outer space, people came together to send a clear message that action on climate is on top of their agenda. Earth Hour confirms our belief that in order to change climate change we need to act together. WWF will continue to do its share to shape strong, global climate solutions,” said Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Chair, Board of Directors, Earth Hour Global.

Global landmarks go dark

Earth Hour this year was marked by over 1,400 global landmarks switching their lights off including Hong Kong’s iconic skyline, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, and the Empire State Building in New York. There were over 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites that participated ranging from the Cologne Cathedral to the Acropolis in Athens and the Galapagos Islands.

More than just Earth Hour

With many of the world’s most iconic landmarks going dark for Earth Hour, the event was able to power collective actions to take on the issue of climate change that will last well beyond the hour itself. In Moscow for example, the Kremlin turned off its lights and citizens collected as many as 70,000 signatures for a petition to place drilling for oil in the Arctic on moratorium.

Carbon emissions need to be cut

In Malaysia many residents took part in the first Earth Hour carnival which took place in Petaling Jaya. Citizens were answering the call to show their support for the decision by the city council to cut down on carbon emissions by 25 per cent over the next five years. In Columbia, over 1000 people participated in ‘110KW’ marathon along a specially designated trail designed to highlight just how important it is to fight against the worst impacts of climate change.

“Science shows us that climate change is a global concern, Earth Hour shows us that people have the power to take on the climate challenge. Earth Hour turns out the lights, but the future of our planet is brightened by the countless individual actions of supporters around the world.” Mr. Sarronwala added.

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