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Cities Around the World Turn Their Lights Off for Earth Hour
April 30 2017, 06:43 | Guillermo Bowen
OUR VIEW: Turn lights off, help make a positive difference
This small action, taken by hundreds of millions of people around the world, will make a dent in our efforts to reverse global warming.
"We are now using about one and half earth planets worth of resources to sustain our current lifestyle and this is to provide us with food, water shelter and energy".
It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007.
Around the world, World Wildlife Fund for Nature's Earth Hour was celebrated by turning off non-essential lights and appliances for an hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Organizers said about 35,000 people watched performances and participated in a "carbon-neutral run" which saw some runners in panda and tiger costumes to raise awareness of wildlife protection. During the first year, the residences and business in Sydney, Australia that participated was more than 2 million, according to Beyond the Hour.
Scott says a year ago over 178 countries and territories participated in Earth Hour.
The Gherkin, London Eye and the OXO Tower will join in.
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) also joined Qatari society and the world in celebrating the EarthHour by switching off the lights in the PHCC head quarters and the outside lights of the health centers for one hour between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm today. The event also offers an opportunity for individuals, businesses and governments to demonstrate their leadership on environmental solutions and showcase the measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact.
Gist said this event is very much in line with Carrboro's vision for the environment and good stewardship. In 2016, over six million people in the United Kingdom took part. Among them is Alan Bessen, who successfully led a campaign to establish a "National Day of forest planting" in his home country of Kazakhstan. The theme for the current year is "Shine a Light on Climate Change". Each year, it draws attention to climate change (and saves a not-insignificant amount of energy) by asking cities and individuals to switch off their lights for an hour at a designated time. To make the night even more interesting, guests can indulge in a candlelit dinner at Level 2 and Indyaki.
In this combo picture, a view of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers is seen before (above) and during lights out (below) for Earth Hour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, March 25, 2017. "None of this would have been possible without the force that binds us all together - our collective determination to protect the one planet we all share".