The globe to switch off for Earth Hour 2010



Posted on 17 February 2010  | 
One of the six fire jugglers that took part of the act.
© WWF Bolivia / Jordán GANTIEREnlarge
  • 579 cities, towns and municipalities already signed up to switch off
  • 77 countries across every continent thus far committed to ‘lights out’ initiative
  • www.earthhour.org creates a platform for citizens of the world to lead a climate resolution
  • Earth Hour 2010 video captures the power of the greatest act of human participation in history
At 8.30pm on Saturday 27 March, the greatest show on Earth for action on climate change will take place in homes, office buildings, town halls and public spaces across the globe as lights go out for Earth Hour 2010.

With 579 cities, towns and municipalities and 77 countries across every continent already signed up to this year’s ‘lights out’ event, Earth Hour is set to show the world that a resolution to the threat of global warming is possible through collective action.

Citizens, individuals, businesses, civil groups and governments in the world’s key cities already subscribed include Singapore, Moscow, Toronto, Delhi, Sydney, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dallas, Rome, Seoul, Dubai, Manila, Athens, Cape Town, Geneva, Tel Aviv and Bangkok. Communities in a number of metropolises will come together like never before with cities such as Stockholm and Hiroshima holding their inaugural Earth Hour.

Some of the world’s most iconic landmarks will switch off for Earth Hour: the CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Grand Palace in Bangkok, Table Mountain in Cape Town, the London Eye, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Empire State Building and the world’s second tallest building, Tapei 101 will plunge into darkness to shed some light on how the planet can resolve the issue of global warming.

With more countries, cities, towns and municipalities pledging their commitment to Earth Hour 2010 than at this same point last year, there are clear signs of a burgeoning worldwide resolve to address global warming.

“Earth Hour will bring together people from all walks of life and unite countries across the planet to show the world we can work together to resolve the issue of climate change,” said Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley.

“Absolutely any individual, business, civil group or government can initiate Earth Hour in their country or local community and lead a global climate resolution,” he said.

Involvement in Earth Hour 2010 is now being sought across the globe – from the low-lying island nations of the Pacific to the arid regions of the Western Sahara, civil groups, businesses and governments are being encouraged to mobilize their communities behind the greatest act of global unity ever seen, to show the world a solution to the indiscriminate threat of climate change is possible.

With a growing social media fan base already well into the millions, Earth Hour’s open-source nature and broadening social network will ensure the message of the world’s greatest climate initiative reaches an even wider audience in 2010. Fans will be able to follow all the latest Earth Hour news via www.facebook.com/earthhour; www.twitter.com/earthour and www.flickr.com/photos/earthhour_global, while the inspiring Earth Hour 2010 video can be viewed at www.youtube.com.

Join the planet for Earth Hour 2010. Visit www.earthhour.org and show the world what can be done.
One of the six fire jugglers that took part of the act.
© WWF Bolivia / Jordán GANTIER Enlarge

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