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Published March 30, 2014
The bright green lights that typically illuminate the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur—the tallest twin buildings in the world—were turned off on Saturday for Earth Hour, an annual event aimed at raising awareness about energy consumption.
Dozens of other iconic landmarks around the world, including the Parthenon in Greece, the Golden Gate Bridge in California, and Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge, participated in the event, sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The first Earth Hour took place in Sydney eight years ago to raise money for the Great Barrier Reef.
This year was expected to be the biggest event yet, with participants in an estimated 7,000 cities around the world switching off their lights for a full hour, according to WWF.
Dating to 447 B.C., the Parthenon in Athens is one of the most famous surviving buildings of ancient Greece. The city of Athens turned off its buildings' lights for Earth Hour and asked locals to follow suit.
Sydney Harbor Bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world, connecting its city's north and south harbors. Thousands of houses and businesses in Sydney were dark on Saturday.
Built as an archway for an international world fair in 1889, the Eiffel Tower got some help from Spiderman in turning its lights off on Saturday.
The Big Apple
Times Square is the busiest commercial intersection in New York City and the world's most visited tourist attraction. For the first time ever, the city called in a specialist to turn off its New Year's Eve ball, which typically remains on throughout the year.
In the Belarusian capital of Minsk, the monument to humanist Francysk Skaryna is usually lit by the bright purple lights from the National Library. Big department stores and universities also turned off their lights in Minsk on Saturday.
The Brandenburg Gate was built in 1791 as an entryway to Berlin. It survived World War II but with extensive damage. The Earth Hour motto in Germany this year: "You don't need to be a superhero to take action on climate change."
The Alhambra, a fortress-turned-palace that dates to 1258, watches over the city of Granada in southern Spain.
There should be more advertising about Earth Hour in advance so more people know about it and more people participate.
been wondering for ages, why shops/stores just about every where around the world, remain lit up all night long - wouldn't the fact of turning off these lights have helped somewhat since x years by now ? it's a drop in the ocean, I admit - but, a drop with another drop etc., would then be a chain of thought, leading to other ideas.
All of this waste beats me.
Why can't they shut off half the lights in every high rise in the world, you would still see the buildings and it would make a huge difference! With all the smart people in this world I just don't get why this hasn't been done already!
In a well known city in India, I remember electricity being staggered each day for an hour, and in your home you just waited it out, with no effort at all ! Mumbai, (Bombay),staggered the water supply to different area's of the city each day. That was indeed a hardship for the people,but better than having none at all ! I dont know if this still prevails, but I'd hope so. j.e.s........
So a lot of lights around the world went off for an hour ! Then they came on again ! Excuse me for asking,but what exactly did that do ? IF the lights of these very same places went off say for an hour once a month, then you'd have something. j.e.s......
The Alhambra is probably the most beautiful palace in the world. Surely, the most amazing I've ever seen. And the city of Granada is the perfect one for this marvellous building. Below the Alhambra is the Paseo de los Tristes, next to the river, where the sound of the water brings you to a dream.
Light pollution from artificial electric lights also affects our health and is responsible for millions of deaths a year, because of the direct link between sleep deprivation and higher risks of obesity, diabetics, heart disease, cancer, depression, stroke,and Alzheimer's.
Air and light pollution are both a result of population growth and will only get worse without serious intervention. World population has more than doubled in my lifetime, for 2.7 billion in 1948 to over 7 billion today. That's a lot of people to feed, but we keep replacing farm land with housing. And with people living longer, will the problem worsen? Or will contraception and homosexuality lessen the population growth?
i got an idea about get more power (clean renewable power):during car running we could put something runing by wind and convert it to power directly to the care.
@Alanna Parker Smart people are not always caring people.
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