With the event, the environmental organization World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) wants to draw attention to the global climate crisis. The lights also go out for an hour in more than fifty municipalities in Lower Saxony and Bremen – as well as on world-famous buildings such as the Brandenburg Gate, Cologne Cathedral, the Empire State Building in New York and the Sydney Opera House.
Laser over Göttingen goes out
In Lower Saxony, according to the organizers, the lights will go out around Lüneburg’s market square and at the New Town Hall in Hanover. While the Gauss-Weber telegraph laser goes out over the roofs of Göttingen, the imperial palace in Goslar, the Hildesheim town hall and the water tower on Langeoog are also shrouded in darkness.
544 municipalities in Germany are taking part
A total of 544 municipalities are participating in Germany, a record number according to the WWF. People can also take part in the Earth Hour privately, according to the WWF: “No matter where you are in the world, turn off the light in your home for an hour on Saturday at 8.30 p.m.” In this way, people could speak out in favor of more efforts in climate protection and together set a global example for climate protection and a living planet.
The result was the Earth Hour 2007 in Sydney. From 2008 it developed into a global action.