Why Monuments in 188 Countries Went Dark for a Full Hour This Weekend
More countries participated this year than ever before.
For the 11th year in a row, landmarks and monuments across the globe turned off their lights on Saturday for “Earth Hour,” making a bold statement about the urgent need to protect the environment.
This year, the annual event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) saw record participation, with nearly 18,000 landmarks and monuments in 188 countries and territories switching off their lights, according to the WWF.
The first “Earth Hour” was held in 2007 and was a symbolic lights-out event that took place in Sydney, Australia. But the initiative spread worldwide in the years that followed.
“Once again, the people have spoken through Earth Hour,” Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, said in a statement. “The record participation in this year’s Earth Hour, from skylines to timelines, is a powerful reminder that people want to connect to Earth. People are demanding commitment now on halting climate change and the loss of nature. The stakes are high and we need urgent action to protect the health of the planet for a safe future for us and all life on Earth."
Στις 24/3 η Ακρόπολη βυθίστηκε στο σκοτάδι συμμετέχοντας, μαζί με άλλα εμβληματικά κτίρια παγκοσμίως, στην «Ώρα της Γης» με στόχο την ευαισθητοποίηση για την κλιματική αλλαγή. #cnngreece #connect2earth #earthhour #changeclimatechange #Acropolis #earthhour2018 #Parthenon #Athens #wu_Greece #nightscape 📷: Eurokinissi / George Kontarinis
A record 400 UK landmarks have switched off for #EarthHourUK this year! All joining thousands of others this #EarthHour across the 🌏, from Sydney’s Opera House to the Great Pyramids. pic.twitter.com/hIPiAyzMCC— WWF UK (@wwf_uk) March 24, 2018
While Earth Hour is meant to inspire people to take action to address a variety of issues plaguing the environment, this year the WWF chose to highlight the loss of wildlife and biodiversity around the world.
"The science is clear: the loss of nature is a global crisis,” said Lamberti. “Together as a global community we can turn things around. People must mobilize and join governments and companies toward stronger action on biodiversity and nature — the time to act is now,"
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