The World Wildlife Fund’s ninth annual Earth Hour is set to roll across the globe at 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The world’s largest grassroots movement will range across six continents and the world’s 24 time zones in order to unify a global community bound by individual actions on climate.
As in past years, many of the world’s most famous landmarks and other non-essential lights will go dark for one hour, as “a symbol of commitment to the planet.”
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The long list of 2015 participants includes
- Many of the casinos in Las Vegas, NV
- Broadway League, New York, NY
- Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY
- Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA
- Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
- John Hancock Center, Chicago, IL
- Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY
- One Times Square, New York, NY
- Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
- Prudential Tower, Boston, MA
- Space Needle, Seattle, WA
- Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco, CA
- Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC
- World of Coca Cola, Atlanta, GA
However, “climate change is not just the issue of the hour, it’s the issue of our generation,” said Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Chair, Board of Directors, Earth Hour Global. “Earth Hour is the world’s most enduring people’s movement focused on climate. The lights may go out for one hour, but the actions of millions throughout the year will inspire the solutions required to change climate change.”
Since 2007, Earth Hour has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and 162 countries to act for a sustainable future. In 2014 alone, Earth Hour supporters raised funds to plant millions of trees, promote the use of fuel-efficient stoves and reduce the carbon footprint of thousands of schools. Supporters worldwide use Earth Hour to promote climate change solutions, working with citizens, policymakers and businesses to drive progress on climate in over 120 countries, including advising the government in Nepal on policy to facilitate access to solar power for urban residential use, raising climate awareness in schools in Europe and Africa, and working with farmers and fishermen from Australia to Colombia.