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Earth Hour

Posted on 29th March 2010 in Gossip
Written by: Jen Dugdale

On Saturday 27th of March billions of people around the globe switched
off their lights for one hour in support of WWF’s Earth Hour. It started
in Sydney in 2007 when 2.2. million people turned off their lights for
one hour. Then in 2008 it went global with 35 countries and more than
370 cities taking part in the event. Now in 2010 Earth Hour has spread
to 125 countries and over 3,400 towns and cities.

The aim of this mass switch-off is to raise awareness about climate
change, how it is threatening people, wildlife and the future of the
planet. The exercise highlights the fact that just by making small
efforts, such as switching off a light when you leave the room, we can
all reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to saving the Earth from
the worst effects of climate change. It also sets out to prove to
politicians around the world how much people care about the problem and
to encourage them to take action to fight it.

During this year’s Earth Hour some of the world’s most famous landmarks
were plunged into darkness in support of the cause; including Sydney
Opera House, Tokyo Tower, India Gate, Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing
Street. The famous Coca Cola video sign in Piccadilly Circus was also
switched off – only the fourth time this has happened since World War
Two!

Go to http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/ to find out how you can support Earth
Hour next year.

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