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Tourists Across the Globe See Landmarks Go Dark for Earth Hour

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | March 29, 2015

Tourists Across the Globe See Landmarks Go Dark for Earth Hour

Photo courtesy of AFP

At 8:30 p.m. local time Saturday, tourist taking in the view of iconic landmarks across the world may have been surprised to see their lighting suddenly extinguished. The occasion was Earth Hour, a global climate change awareness campaign organized by the World Wildlife Fund Conservation, Yahoo News reported.

The Empire State Building and Broadway theaters; Las Vegas casinos and hotels; the Golden Gate Bridge; LAX’s gateway pylons; landmarks in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro; the Eiffel Tower and 300 other monuments in Paris; Brandenburg Gate in Berlin; the Kremlin in Moscow; Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia; the Hong Kong skyline along Victoria Harbour; Taiwan’s Taipei 101 tower; Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur — all these locales and more participated.

"Over 170 countries and territories have already confirmed their participation; more than 1,200 landmarks and close to 40 UNESCO world heritage sites," Earth Hour head Sudhanshu Sarronwala told French News Agency AFP ahead of the event.

Plenty of events accompanied the darkening of the landmarks. Activists in Berlin spelled out "Save our Climate! Now!" with candles in paper bags, there was a glow-in-the-dark Zumba party in the Philippines, and a said-to-be record-breaking candlelit dinner party in Finland, just to name a few.

Earth Hour seeks to raise awareness of the need for sustainable energy use, and this year, demand action to bring planet-harming climate change to an end. Halting rising temperatures due to climate change is an important initiative for Australia this year, as it affects food production yields. "In Australia, agriculture is the most vulnerable industry to the impacts of climate change," said Anna Rose, national Earth Hour manager for Australia.

In December, Paris will be hosting the international community at a United Nations conference, where efforts to limit global warming will be the main topic.


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