Earth Hour - 8:30 pm in each time zone - turn lights off to observe

Lights Out Across the Globe for Earth Hour
VOA - Saturday, March 26th, 2011

A wave of darkness is traveling around the globe as countries observe a symbolic “earth hour” by turning off lights.

People in 134 countries pledged to participate in the event Saturday evening at 8:30 pm in each time zone. The campaign aims to inspire people to help the environment by changing their behavior to conserve resources.

Well-known landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Paris' Eiffel Tower, and New York City's Empire State Building all pledged to go dark Saturday evening.

World Wildlife Fund director Jim Leape said the increasing reach of the annual Earth Hour event is a sign people and governments are recognizing that everyone plays a part in “building a sustainable future.” He said participation has especially grown among emerging economies, like India, and he said this was good news, as these countries are playing larger roles in global affairs.

The first Earth Hour was observed in Sydney, Australia, in 2007.

Lights Out Across the Globe for Earth Hour
Article from VOA

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