More than 330 cities in Central and Eastern Europe celebrated Earth Hour 2014



Posted on 15 April 2014  | 
Kid with candle for Earth Hour
Earth Hour celebrations in Carol Park, Bucharest, Romania
© Doru OprisanEnlarge
Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Sofia, Odessa – More than 330 cities and towns in Central and Eastern Europe officially participated in Earth Hour 2014 on Saturday, 29 March between 8.30 and 9.30 pm.

The countries of WWF’s Green Heart of Europe initiative, spanning across Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, joined millions of people in 162 countries around the world who switched off lights for an hour - to raise awareness for the planet and the environment.

Despite political turmoil, at least 35 cities in

Ukraine

participated in Earth Hour in 2014. Major landmarks went dark for an hour, including St. Yura Cathedral in Lviv, the castle of Lutsk, the symbol of the city, and three central streets of Odessa.

“Be a hero for the planet” and “Tag and solve” were the two appeals to the public in Ukraine. A website - http://www.ecomap.org - was launched a month before the Earth Hour. Ukrainians can tag environmental problems they have encountered in their city, region or community and join forces with others to solve them. WWF partners with local NGOs will provide step-by-step instructions how to tackle the issues according to Ukrainian legislation.

In

Romania

at least 30 cities and towns joined Earth Hour officially on Saturday evening. Among the most exciting landmarks to switch off for Earth Hour in Romania were Parliament Palace in Bucharest – the biggest civil building in the world, the Romanian Aetheneum, Bran (Dracula) Castle, Peles Castle in Sinaia, the whole historic centre of Brasov, Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu.

The main Earth Hour event in Romania took place in Carol Park in the capital Bucharest, with an unplugged event featuring Sistem, Muse Quartet (aka Rosia Montana Quartet), fire jugglers and many other special moments. A librarian won - among more than 4,400 applicants - a domestic solar panel in a competition to switch to renewable energy and reduce footprint. She was present together with her family and the mayor.

Scouts from Rosia Montana village - which became world famous for its resistance to a massive gold mine project, organized an astronomic observation.

WWF launched the third edition of the Earth Hour Capital race. This time 13 cities compete transforming themselves into more friendly places for people and the environment. They organize debates, polls on environmental problems, astronomy nights, flashmobs, music and poetry recitals, cooking and hiking events. Satu Mare became a winner with more than 25 eco events organized by locals.

More than 105 cities and towns in

Bulgaria

switched off the lights of major landmarks and public buildings to celebrate Earth Hour 2014. Parades, contests and fire shows were also taking place.

Multiplex cinemas in a dozen cities asked movie-goers to share on the back of their tickets what they plan to do to live more sustainably. Little Spidermen and the Panda switched off lights in the capital Sofia.

The buildings of Parliament, state government, National Theater, Bulgarian National Bank and Sofia University were among those that plunged into darkness for Earth Hour.

A record was set this year in

Serbia

with 87 cities and towns participating officially in Earth Hour. More than 126 schools and 75 NGOs took part in the events.

At the Republic Square in Belgrade more than 40 kids of Serbia’s most famous children’s choir Kolibri (‘Hummingbirds’) sung their special repertoire dedicated to environment protection. All participants of the special Earth Hour Cyclothon joined the main event and symbolically switched off the lights on their bikes.

Famous local writers and columnists wrote short essays on the topic “The most beautiful things always happen in the dark”. A photo competition for the best photo without a flashlight from Earth Hour accepts proposals by 7 April.

There were 17 Serbian ambassadors of Earth Hour this year from bands, choirs and TV shows.

In

Hungary

73 municipalities pledged to take part officially in Earth Hour. An unplugged green concert with Random Trip took place on a floating boat in the Danube river in the capital Budapest.
Kid with candle for Earth Hour
Earth Hour celebrations in Carol Park, Bucharest, Romania
© Doru Oprisan Enlarge
Sambansa acoustic band at Earth Hour celebration in Belgrade, Serbia
© Dragana Paramentic Enlarge
Kids dressed as Spiderman join the WWF panda for lights out on Earth Hour in Sofia, Bulgaria
Kids dressed as Spiderman join the WWF panda for lights out on Earth Hour in Sofia, Bulgaria
© WWF/Ekaterina Voynova Enlarge
Cyclothon in the streets of Belgrade, Serbia, for Earth Hour
© Dragana Paramentic Enlarge

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