ABOUT EARTH HOUR
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. So sign up now and let’s make 2010 the biggest Earth Hour yet!.
Earth Hour: Our planet needs an energy break
In 2009, 400,000 people across the UAE participated in the global event. Dubai alone witnessed a 146,000 kilowatt-hour reduction in power consumption, according to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) website.
The success of individual endeavours adds up.
Flicking off the switch for just one hour in the city equated to taking 20 cars off the road for an entire year.
The drop also meant 88,000 kilogrammes of carbon dioxide were stopped from being released into the atmosphere.National Space Agency (ANGKASA) supports earth hour. ANGKASA is organising the Light Pollution Campaign in conjunction with Earth Hour 2010. ANGKASA will switch off the Planetarium Negara complex lights and hold some fun activities during 8:30pm to 9:30pm on 27th March 2010. http://ehm.my/