Earth Hour 2009 has already happened in many countries—at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 28, 2009, people are the world are shutting off their lights. In some cases, people are turning off all their power, in a respectful tribute to the earth and as a demonstration for the power we as a single person have, especially when united with other individuals doing the same thing.
“This year, exceeding the wildest dreams of its organisers, participation swelled to an estimated 1 billion people in 83 countries. Of them, 47 were developing economies, up from nine last year,” SMH says.
“As China joined Earth Hour for the first time, Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium and other Olympic venues blacked out, as did office towers in Shanghai.
“India, too, was a first-timer. After a campaign by the Government in Delhi and the Bollywood star Aamir Khan, lights went out in Mumbai and across the subcontinent.”
Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and by 2008, included the participation of over 350 cities around the world. The WWF, the organizers of the event, anticipate around 3,000 cities will power down for Earth Hour 2009.
The gallery shows pictures of Earth Hour 2009 around the world. A stunning Earth Hour 2009 Flickr pool can be seen here.
Stay tuned for more updates, and feel free to submit images from your own city as a response!
Image sources: MonstersandCritics | SMH | AFP | San Pedro Sun | slikamoe