Numerous people, cities and companies around the world switched off the lights for an hour on Saturday evening, including St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the Kremlin in Moscow and the Torre del Oro in Seville. In Switzerland, too, individual locations responded to the WWF’s call to take a stand between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.
“Together we are setting a global example for climate protection and a living planet”, says the website of the environmental protection organization WWF, whose Australian branch launched Earth Hour in 2007 together with the city of Sydney.
Record participation in Germany
At this year’s “Earth Hour” there was a record attendance in Germany. For an hour, not only the Brandenburg Gate, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Frauenkirche in Dresden were in the dark, explained the WWF. 575 cities and municipalities also took part, along with 448 companies at 716 locations. They all blacked out landmarks, town halls, churches, company headquarters and offices for an hour at 8:30 p.m.
In addition to communities and companies, countless people celebrated the “hour of the earth” in their own four walls, explained the WWF in Germany. The record turnout shows that in the super election year 2021, nobody can ignore climate protection.
During the 15th “Earth Hour” in Europe, the lights on the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Colosseum in Rome went out. The next few years will be decisive for combating the climate crisis, as the environmental organization WWF recalled in a communication. If we cannot stop global warming, it will have catastrophic consequences for people and nature.
The “Earth Hour»Started in 2007 as a joint action by Sydney and WWF Australia and eventually spread around the world. Large monuments such as the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Acropolis in Athens and the pyramids in Giza have been plunged into darkness for an hour. In Switzerland it was the Jet d’Eau in Geneva, the cathedrals of Lausanne and Friborg, the castle in Bellinzona or the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.
Some can’t do it without light
At the beginning of today at 8.30 p.m. local time, the skylines of Asian metropolises from Singapore to Hong Kong were shrouded in darkness, as was Sydney’s famous opera house. People were also asked to turn off the lights in their apartments for an hour in the evening in order to set an example for climate and environmental protection.
In Singapore, people at the famous Marina Bay watched the skyscrapers disappear into the dark. In Hong Kong, people from lookouts over the city watched the lights on the many skyscrapers dimmed. In Thailand, Bangkok’s popular Central World shopping center went dark, but inside the hustle and bustle continued with the light on.