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Innsbruck – It gets a little darker on Saturday evening: The WWF is calling for the 15th time to turn off the lights for an hour as a sign of climate protection. Millions of people in 180 countries now take part in the “Earth Hour”. More than 7000 cities around the globe are also participating: From the opera house in Sydney, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna – the lights are switched off at 8:30 p.m. local time.
The city of Innsbruck is also there: the lights on the Golden Roof and the city tower go out and only come on again at 9:30 p.m. “By participating in the” Earth Hour “we want to remind the population that we have to be as economical as possible with our energy consumption – each and every one of us can make a contribution to the fight against the climate crisis,” says Mayor Georg Willi.
Das Schloss Schönbrunn wird schon seit Jahren am Earth Day verdunkelt.
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In Austria, in addition to Schönbrunn Palace, the Belvedere in Vienna and the Ars Electronica building in Linz have announced their participation, reports WWF Austria. “We darken our houses and landmarks to show how grim the situation on our planet is: Extreme weather, natural disasters and, most recently, the corona pandemic are endangering our livelihoods. They are the direct consequences of unlimited exploitation. says WWF climate spokeswoman Lisa Plattner.
Links and information about the Earth Hour
The idea for “Earth Hour” arose 14 years ago in Australia. Over the years it spread all over the world. Due to the corona pandemic, there are hardly any places where there are opportunities for major campaigns.
The organizers now want to attract as many interested people as possible to their social media channels on Saturday evening. Among other things, they announced a spectacular video to be posted there. This is supposed to be the most watched video in the world – if only it’s shared often enough. That means switching off cell phones and computers is not one of the recommendations, instead the participants tag # EarthHour2021 and togetherpossible. (TT.com)