Cities around the world flip the switch to mark Earth Hour

31 March, 2019, 01:13 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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In Taipei, Taiwan's capital, the island's tallest building, Taipei 101, joined surrounding buildings in shutting off the lights as part of the Earth Hour event.

Joining in is easy: simply turn off your lights at 8:30 p.m. local time on 30 March. Over the years, landmarks and historic sites like Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building, and Buckingham Palace have gone dark to mark the hour.

In the United Kingdom, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the Shard, Cardiff Castle, Liverpool Cathedral, Old Trafford, Brighton Pier and the Eden Project are among the landmarks taking part. As the theme says, it's a call for all of us to change the way we live, the way we consume energy, to get into a saving mode. Every year, people turn their lights off to spread awareness about sustainability and climate change.

"We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world. And we could be the last that can do anything about it", the charity said. If you would like to participate in the movement, you can sign a pledge to "go dark" for an hour and reduce your environmental footprint.


"Oman has a unique natural diversity, from our mountains and valleys to our handsome coastline, and we really need to do whatever we can to preserve and nurture it", added the spokesperson.

"We urge residents to make Earth Hour a success by switching off and ensuring all unused appliances are unplugged on a daily basis".

In the southern renaissance city of Krakow, which sees millions of tourists from around the world each year, the central vaulted Cloth Market and the 14th-century red brick St. Mary's Basilica al turned off its lights.

Since then, the movement has grown globally and is now the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment.

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