Earth Hour Highlights Climate Concerns
On the 28th of March, the lights went out in Szczecin as residents and city officials joined millions around the world in marking Earth Hour, an initiative that promotes awareness of environmental issues.
Along with local homes, the Caslte Route, the Long Bridge, the amphitheatre in Kasprowicz Park and City Hall were among the landmarks and building that went unlit for an hour as part of the event. Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the blackout demonstrates the need for conservation as a means of combating climate change.
Begun in 2007 in Sydney, this year’s Earth Hour took place in some 88 countries. In Warsaw, the Palace of Culture and Science was dimmed, as were the Roman Coliseum, the Sydney Opera House and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The 2009 event saw some 4,000 cities participate, a ten-fold increase on the number just a year ago.