by Daelyn Fortney
Categories: Causes.
Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons

earth hour 2009

WWF’s Earth Hour is right around the corner and receiving support all over the world. On March 27 at 8:30 p.m. local time, people across the globe are asked to turn out their lights for one hour in an effort to recognize the need for energy conservation as a way to combat climate change and benefit the environment.

U.S. landmarks such as Seattle’s Space Needle, Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral, St Louis’ Gateway Arch, and the Las Vegas strip have all signed on to participate in this year’s hour of darkness. Outside the U.S. thousands of cities in more than 105 countries will participate in Earth Hour 2010 including Athens, Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Toronto.

Last year’s Earth Hour attracted an estimated 80 million participants in the U.S. and nearly a billion people around the world. In celebration of the global phenomenon that dimmed lights from New York to China we want to take a moment and reflect on the images from Earth Hour 2009.

Click here to view our gallery of stunning 2009 Earth Hour Photos.

  • Richard Evans

    Still, the long-term solution for this problem would be for the oil industry and national governments to work together and invest in renewable sources of energy. I don’t know why the development of newer technologies still isn’t taking off when it can be a very lucrative investment for them. Oil isn’t going to last forever you know, and “going green” will become more than a treehugger’s philosophy in the near future. Heck, it will even become a necessity, because honestly, people don’t like breathing in all that smog on the streets..