Going Dark at Earth Hour

Don’t panic if the world around you goes dark at 8:30pm Saturday!

Join this dragon as it celebrates Earth Hour with the rest of the world!

World-famous landmarks, including Egypt’s pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, and Beijing’s Forbidden City, will go dark Saturday at 8:30pm local time, as millions turn out the lights for “Earth Hour”, a rolling grassroots movement aimed at tackling climate change.

Now in its fourth year, the campaign promises to be the biggest ever with thousands of cities and towns in 125 countries, 37 more than last year, pledging to take part.

Sydney’s iconic Harbor Bridge and Opera House will kick off the energy-saving marathon, with Egypt’s Pyramids and Sphinx, Italy’s Trevi Fountain and Tower of Pisa and all major landmarks in Paris to follow, led by a five-minute blackout of the Eiffel Tower.

China will see its Forbidden City go dark, along with the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing. In Thailand, Bangkok’s Wat Arun Buddhist temple will also go dark.

In Singapore, where 3.3 million people have registered to take part, the world’s biggest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer, will extinguish its main lights.

In Indonesia around 200 buildings will take part in Jakarta, while official buildings will be blacked out in Seoul.

Many cities in India are expected to participate, including the massive urban centers of Delhi and Mumbai, as well as the country’s thriving Bollywood film studios.

And in Dubai, the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa tower, will also dim its lights.

For the first time, residents of Norway’s Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town, are set to brave an influx of curious polar bears normally deterred by lights after voting to participate in the campaign.

Japan’s heritage-listed Hiroshima Peace Memorial, one of few buildings to survive America’s 1945 atomic bomb attack, will take go dark, while major companies, including Sony Corporation, Sharp Corporation, and Asahi Breweries Ltd.  will switch off across Tokyo.

Multinational companies including Google Inc. (GOOG), Coca-Cola Co. (CO), Hilton, McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), Canon Inc. (CAJ), HSBC Holdings PLC (HBC)and IKEA have pledged to darken their offices worldwide in support. (Also, planning to go dark are Google’s home page and Cola-Cola’s famous billboard in Times Square.)

In the United States,  30 states and municipalities will mark Earth Hour with darkness falling on sites, including the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, and Seattle’s Space Needle.

“Earth Hour is meant to cross geographic, economic, country boundaries,” said Ridley, founder of Earth Hour, admitting that it was mostly a symbolic act.

“It’s one hour, one day, one year. We’re not saving the planet by turning the lights off for one hour.”

But he added: “What you are doing is adding your voice to a global call for action.”

So set your alarms for 8:30pm local time on Saturday and join the world in by participating in this 24-hour wave of hope and action!

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