Earth Hour 2012

Posted on 14 April 2012  | 
People lighting candles to form 60 shape
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On Saturday, March 31st, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, an unprecedented 150 countries and territories, as well as 6,525 cities and towns switched their non-essential lights off for Earth Hour 2012, the world's largest voluntary action for the environment.
Georgia has been participating in this campaign since 2009. Starting at 8:30pm, a spectacular torchlight performance by the Movement Theater and a concert were held at the darkened UN Square in Tbilisi. The Tbilisi Youth Palace hosted an event showcasing children's Earth Hour posters. The events were covered by both local and international media. Information support was provided by TV stations and the Georgian Public Broadcaster, newspapers and regional media companies. This year Earth Hour 2012 in Georgia spread out beyond Tbilisi to some of the country's regions for the first time.
In Armenia for the first time in addition to capital city of Yerevan, two more cities - Vanadzor and Kapan joined to switch off the lights of buildings, streets, avenues, and squares. A press conference was convened by WWF-Armenia to inform the public of the upcoming Earth Hour and opportunity to make their own commitment beyond the hour. Representatives from the Ministry of Nature Protection, RA, focal point for convention of climate change in Armenia, and representatives from HSBC Bank Armenia and Yerevan Congress Hotel also attended the event.
People lighting candles to form 60 shape
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Band performing with Earth Hour t-shirts
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