Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Earth Hour 2014


The Eiffel Tower dims its lights.
Photo Credit: Ed Jones; Getty Images
Source: NatGeo

A photo essay, by Angie McPherson (with photos by Ed Jones)in National Geographic shows photos of famous landmarks around the world that dimmed their lights for this year's earth hour, on Saturday March 29th, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

McPherson  writes:
The bright green lights that typically illuminate the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur—the tallest twin buildings in the world—were turned off on Saturday for Earth Hour, an annual event aimed at raising awareness about energy consumption.
Dozens of other iconic landmarks around the world, including the Parthenon in Greece, the Golden Gate Bridge in California and Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge, participated in the event, sponsored by WWF.
The first Earth Hour took place in Sydney eight years ago to raise money for the Great Barrier Reef. This year was expected to be the biggest event yet, with participants in an estimated 7,000 cities around the world switching off their lights for a full hour, according to WWF.
Some might argue that this is nothing short of a symbolic gesture; perhaps so, but it seems that all changes, all progress, start with some symbolism and then become a political fact.

You can read more and see more photos at [NatGeo]

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