Between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time, on Saturday 28th March 2009, people, businesses, cities and communities around the world will take part in the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s Earth Hour, an event that looks set to be the biggest mass global action on climate change ever.
The WWF is aiming to inspire a billion people, in more than 1,000 cities to sign up and switch off their lights. So far nearly 700 cities in more than 75 countries have signed up for Earth Hour, including London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast in the UK and hundreds of others around the world, from Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong and Istanbul, to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, Singapore, Sydney and Toronto.
In the UK, 452 Schools, 45 Local Authorities, and 49 Landmarks including Nelson’s Column, City Hall, the National Gallery and the National Theatre in London are committed to turning off their lights.
The London Eye will be dimming for the hour, in line with civil aviation safety guidelines, and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain in Bristol, Belfast Wheel and Scotland’s Forth Rail Bridge and Edinburgh Castle will all be plunged into darkness.
Global icons taking part include the Eiffel Tower, the Shanghai Hong Kong New World Tower, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Sydney’s Opera House and Table Mountain in Cape Town.
What can you do?
Think about how you can be creative in the dark.
- Why not host a candlelit tea?
- Get you schools involved. Schools have an important role to play in championing action on climate change. It’s the young people in our schools today who will live through the worst – or best – effects of the action we take now on climate change. And today’s students will be tomorrow’s citizens and decision-makers: we need to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to make wise choices about the future of our planet. Teachers can sign find out more HERE
If you would like more information, visit WWF’s Earth Hour website