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China's Forbidden City Leads Landmark Climate Action for Earth Hour
Date:3/24/2010

Antarctic research unit signs up to switch off ensuring lights go out across every continent. More than 118 countries and regions to observe Earth Hour’s message of hope and action. Google and UEFA join global action on climate change.

(PRWEB) March 24, 2010 -- China’s most significant historic landmark, the Forbidden City in Beijing, will turn off its lights for Earth Hour at 8.30 p.m. on Saturday March 27, in a dramatic display of action on global warming from the world’s most populous nation.

Lying figuratively and geographically at the heart of the Chinese capital, the hallowed complex, which served as the ceremonial and political hub of China for almost five centuries, is the most symbolic gesture the economic superpower could make to show its commitment to the pursuit of low-carbon economic development.

Iconic landmarks of the world prepare to switch off for Earth Hour:

The Forbidden City heads up a list of some of the world’s most iconic landmarks that have confirmed their participation in WWF’s ‘lights out’ initiative in recent days including:

 
  • Italy’s Trevi Fountain in Rome and Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London
  • India Gate and Red Fort in Delhi
  • Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
  • Bosphorous Bridge in Istanbul
  • Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg
  • Independence Angel in Mexico City
They join a comprehensive list of the world’s great man-made marvels and natural wonders, including the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Empire State Building, London Eye, Table Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue, Sydney Opera House and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which will plunge into darkness for Earth Hour contributing to a historic moment in the climate landscape.

Earth Hour taking place on every continent:
Appropriately, Earth Hour’s latest pledge of support comes from the research team at Davis Station – a remote scientific outpost in Antarctica where the effects of global warming are most evident – who are preparing to flick the switch at 8.30pm on March 27, ensuring Earth Hour’s message of hope and action for a better healthier planet is expressed across all seven continents. With citizens of Sri Lanka and Macau also joining the global climate movement, people from 118 countries and regions are now confirmed to switch off their lights for Earth Hour in what is anticipated to be the greatest civil action ever witnessed.

On the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz lights along the main street and boardwalk will be replaced with candles for a special Earth Hour event in the port town of Puerto Ayora, while the Galapagos National Park Service will switch off its lights in offices across the World Heritage-listed archipelago in a symbolically powerful display of action on climate change from one of the world’s most sensitive ecosystems.        

Earth Hour gains global support from Google and UEFA:
The overwhelming level of corporate support for Earth Hour continues to grow with the world’s largest internet search engine, Google, pledging its global support for action on climate change by encouraging their homepage users to flick the switch during the entire 24-hour period that Earth Hour roles out across the globe. One of the largest football organizations in the world, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), has also promised to switch the lights off at their Swiss headquarters while encouraging the legion of football fans across the European continent to join the global climate movement.

Earth Hour only days away:
4 days out from Earth Hour’s historic moment of global unity, the wave of support for the climate initiative continues to swell across the planet, in a clear indication of the global community’s desire to see positive action on climate change, says Earth Hour Executive Director and Co-Founder, Andy Ridley.

"The speed at which Earth Hour has grown from one city in one country to thousands of cities in 118 countries and regions has only been possible because of the open source nature of the campaign and the power of individuals in the age of social media. Today's personal communication has unprecedented reach and influence, enabling citizens to take ownership of Earth Hour and spread its message of hope and action to great effect without any limitations,” Andy said.

“It is this citizen power, where individuals act together to create a global voice that spans cultural, geographic and economic boundaries, that builds the most compelling argument and motivation for action on climate change," he said.

Across the globe hundreds of millions of people are preparing to switch off their lights and acknowledge Earth Hour with candlelit dinners, treasure hunts in the dark, urban stargazing, acoustic concerts and a host of other Earth Hour community events that are as much a celebration of the planet as they are a display of action on climate change.

“Whether it’s joining your community in a town square to watch the city lights go dark or hosting a lights out party in your own home, I encourage everybody across the world to be a part of this historic occasion. Turn off your lights, celebrate the planet, enjoy the moment and show the world what can be done,” Andy said.

Join the planet for Earth Hour and register your support at www.earthhour.org.

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