earthhour2011
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes.
Photo: nigelhowe/flickr

A record 134 countries took place in Earth Hour this year, with cities from Hong Kong to London dimming or extinguishing lights in honor of the campaign.

“The amount of power that’s saved during that time is not really what it’s about,” Earth Hour co-founder and executive director Andy Ridley told AFP in Sydney, where the movement began in 2007. ”What it is meant to be about is showing what can happen when people come together.”

We’ve rounded up some of the best galleries out there for checking out before and after photos from the worldwide effort. Check them out below!

UK Guardian’s Earth Hour – In Pictures

+ CNN Before & After: Earth Hour (Interactive, slider effect on all photos.)

+ Global BC: Earth Hour Before & After (Another slider effect for Moscow, Cordoba, Vancouver)

+ WWF Earth Hour Official Flickr “Favorites”

Check out video of various landmarks around the world going dark below:

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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