Earth Hour 2012 will begin at 8:30 pm on March 31, 2012. For one hour parts of the world will go dark. The movement started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is meant to encourage households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. This year, the Earth Hour campaign “I Will If You Will” has focused on engaging a global community via social movement and media to go beyond the hour of darkness and take sustainable actions that will benefit the environment.
Ecorazzi has followed Earth Hour since it began to spread all over the world. Now, we’ve collected some of the most amazing Earth Hour moments from over the years. Places in all 7 continents have joined the movement to switch-off for one hour every March.
Here are some of our favorite Earth Hour moments since the movement began:
In 2008, Sydney Opera House went dark in support of WWF’s lights out campaign.
Auckland, New Zealand
The Sky Tower in Auckland turned off the lights during Earth Hour 2008.
The Royal Castle in Stockholm supported Earth Hour. Denmark’s Queen Magrethe II has been credited with setting the tone for royal palaces who switched off their lights. She called for the dousing of lights at her winter residence of Amalienborg and other royal palaces followed suit. In 2008, the royal palaces of Fedensborg, Sorgenfri, Grasten, Marselisborg, the Hermitage, and Stockholm went dark in support of Earth Hour.
The “Water Cube,” Beijing’s Olympic swimming pool, went dark to raise awareness about climate change in 2009.
Toronto’s downtown skyline went dark in 2009 in support of Earth Hour. The skyline is normally lit like New York’s skyline. The decision to turn out the lights made for a powerful statement.
The Eiffel Tower embraced darkness for one hour in 2009. The famous landmark is lit up normally with 5,000,000,000 light bulbs.
Rio de Janiero
Rio de Janiero decided to dim the statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks its city in support of Earth Hour in 2011.
People came together in Bolivia to raise awareness about Earth Hour in 2011. Participants brought their own special lighting effects by wearing plastic glow in the dark bracelets and creating paper lanterns.
Lithuania was also inspired to get involved with Earth Hour. Participants who supported the cause created the Earth Hour logo in Vilnius with candles.
For one hour part of The Golden Gate Bridge in California embraced the dark to help raise awareness about climate change.
New York has made an effort to spread awareness and gain participants in Earth Hour every year. Time’s Square cut lighting to several advertisements last year to honor the climate awareness campaign. The photo shows that many people did join in the efforts but we hope this year that it will be even darker in New York for Earth Hour 2012.