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Landmarks turn off the lights for Earth Hour

- March 18th, 2013
A combination photograph shows images of the Lions Gate Bridge before and during Earth Hour in West Vancouver, B.C., March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Clark

A combination photograph shows images of the Lions Gate Bridge before and during Earth Hour in West Vancouver, B.C., March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Clark

Each year during Earth Hour, the annual movement that encourages people to turn off the lights in their homes or offices for one hour to conserve energy and promote awareness about the environment, major landmarks around the world go completely dark.

From Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge to the Parthenon in Athens, ancient sites, iconic skyscrapers and famed tourist attractions have turned off their lights for one hour on one night for the past seven years to stand in solidarity with ordinary citizens in more than 152 countries to raise awareness for environmental protection. 

The contrast between the Empire State Building or Taiwan’s Taipei 101 – stunning landmarks known for the way they light up at night in a rainbow of colour – when aglow and eerily dark is certainly striking, as seen in the images below.

The Empire State Building is seen before and during Earth Hour in New York City, March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Empire State Building is seen before and during Earth Hour in New York City, March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

A combination picture shows the Taipei 101 building before and during Earth Hour in Taipei, Taiwan, March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

A combination picture shows the Taipei 101 building before and during Earth Hour in Taipei, Taiwan, March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

Vancouver holds the honour of being named the Earth Hour capital for 2013, with the Earth Hour City Challenge panel of experts noting its “innovative actions on climate change and dedication to create a sustainable, pleasant urban environment for current and future residents” as their reasons for giving the distinction to Vancouver.

Check out our gallery of landmarks that turned off the lights for past Earth Hour events and keep your eyes on the skylines when landmarks once again turn off for Earth Hour 2013 on March 23 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. local time.

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3 comments

  1. S. Wolf | March 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Another band aid trick to make us feel good and turn our attention away from the real problem. It doesn’t matter how much each individual cuts back on energy use so long as the population keeps growing out of control and, with it, overall energy use. Ditto all other expendable resources. Not to mention quality of life as we start to be stacked like cordwood as cities implement ‘intensification’ to try, fruitlessly, to stem the tide of urban sprawl.

  2. Peter | March 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    For Earth Hour, I’ll be doing what Ezra Levant (of the Sun News Channel) suggests….Leaving all the lights ON!! to celebrate innovation.

    Lefties are idiots if they think turning off lights actually accomplish anything.

  3. roy | March 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    why bother? lights go off, but you need the compressors (big energy users) to keep the fridge & freezer going. Its tree hugger fantasy, band aid solution, we love our electricy too much. Its great for corporate image, they are in it for the free publicity.

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