Paint the Town Dark
For one hour on Saturday, March 28, more than 7,000 cities in 162 countries will go black from 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time. Paris, the City of Lights, will disappear in the night and for a brief moment even the Eifel tower will stand ghostly in the dark. The Great Pyramids of Giza will fade. The Las Vegas strip will stop glittering — all in the name of a brighter future.
Earth Hour, sponsored by World Wildlife Fund, is meant to raise awareness to slow climate change. Last year Hong Kong alone reduced carbon emissions by 153 tonnes — all in a single hour. It would take 6,661 trees one year to absorb this amount of carbon.
But there is more to the event than a simple switch-flick. Earth Hour thinks of itself as a kick-starter for the planet.
“Climate change is not just the issue of the hour, it’s the issue of our generation,” said Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Chair, Board of Directors, Earth Hour Global.
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