Lights out to fight climate change - Earth Hour, 27 March

19 March 2010 | News story

Since the first event in Sydney in 2007, hundreds of millions of people around the world have joined the world’s largest call to act against climate change by switching off all lights for one hour.

Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday March 27, 2010 at 8:30 PM to show their support for action on climate change.

IUCN coordinates closely with all WWF offices around the world on this important event, and encourages all IUCN Members, Commissions and partners as well as individuals, private companies and municipalities to join the movement and switch off.

IUCN calls for people around the world to show that they are concerned and ready for action on global warming,” says IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. “Much more than just saving energy for one hour, Earth Hour gives each of us a voice in the fight against climate change.”

The climate issue has been among the top concerns to people throughout the world and needs to remain high on the political agenda.

“The need to act on climate change is as urgent as ever – we need to reduce emissions and find means to adapt, from the individual to the global level. Earth Hour will help raise awareness and bring the voices of those concerned to the attention of the world,” says Ninni Ikkala, IUCN Climate Change Coordinator.

Two million people switched off their lights in 2007 for the first event. In 2008, more than 50 million people around the globe participated. In 2009, participation swelled to hundreds of millions as 4,159 cities, towns and municipalities in 88 countries and many of the world’s best known landmarks participated.

This year, Istanbul’s iconic Bosporus Bridge, linking Europe and Asia will be among other world famous monuments and buildings to take part in the event. The Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Sydney Opera House, London Eye, Brandenburg Gate, Tokyo Tower, Table Mountain, CN Tower, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai will also switch their lights off on 27 March.

For more information, visit: www.earthhour.org