March 29, 2010 — Let there be darkness! Skylines across the globe powered down for Earth Hour on Saturday night -- all in an effort to raise awareness on climate change. Click the video on the left to see it for yourself.
Once again, it was a global success.
All around the world, on all seven continents, people flicked off their light switches and powered down for WWF's Earth Hour. Some of ghr globe most recognizable landmarks participated in the event, including the following:
The event began in Sydney, Australia back in 2007 and has been gaining popularity ever since. This year, some 4,000 ciites in over 120 countries, helped lower their carbon footprint.
The event began in the Chatham Islands, off the coast of New Zealand, and rapidly moved through different time zones. It was quite the spectacle in Taiwan as the lights in the world's second tallest building went out for one hour. Hundreds of people watched as the lights of Taipei 101 went dark. Crowds rallied in the streets and lit candles in the city hall square. Participants in Taipei said that 'the country's global warming awareness is growing and simple habits can make a huge difference.'
Millions of people across the Indian cities of New Delhi, southern Bangalore and western Mumbai switched off the electricity for an hour. Music and dancing were on the agenda for New Delhi as people enjoyed the event on the lawns of India Gate as the power was off.
All across Europe, cities went all out for the event. The Acropolis in Athens, the Eiffel Tower and the Elysee Palace in Paris and Big Ben in London all plunged into darkness as the power went off. Berlin, Germany also took part in the World Wide Fund for Nature event. A city government official, along with a WWF employee, pushed a symbolic light switch, turning the hydro off to the Brandenburg Gate. Even the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza fell completely dark.
Not to be outdone, Americans also got into the spirit of things. New York's Time Square powered down, along with the famous casino lights on the Las Vegas strip.
Some politicans eagerly took part in this year's campaign, including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He said, 'tackling climate change is urgent and vital to both safeguard our environment and our children's future. We can make a difference if we act now and act together.'
To see the more on how the world celebrated Earth Hour, make sure you tune into Weather Network News on TV. It comes up at :12 and :42 minutes past each hour.