Hundreds of millions of people turn off their ligths like a demostration to leader world they consern about climate changes
Research and audits to better define the numbers participating are planned for the near future but it was already clear that the lights out for one hour from 8.30 pm local time “vote for earth” event was embraced by many more than the 3943 communities from 88 countries across 25 time zones registered to participate.
The inaugural Earth Hour in 2007 involved just two million people in one city, Sydney, Australia. Some 53 million in 371 cities in 35 countries took up the rallying cry in 2008. This year’s overwhelming participation reflects growing global concern over climate change and the inability of the world so far to craft an effective global response, WWF said.
Standing under the Eiffel Tower in Paris as the signature landmark of the City of Light turned its lights off, WWF Director General James Leape said “Over the next eight months governments have to come together to crack the problem of climate change.”