Global ‘lights-out’ presses for climate change
AP -- March 29, 2009
CHICAGO — From an Antarctic research base and the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the Empire State Building in New York, illuminated patches of the globe went dark Saturday for Earth Hour, a campaign to highlight the threat of climate change.
Time zone by time zone, nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries joined the event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund to dim nonessential lights from 8:30 p. m. to 9:30 p. m. The campaign began in Australia in 2007 and last year grew to 400 cities worldwide.
Organizers initially worried that enthusiasm this year would wane with the world focused on economics, said Earth Hour executive director Andy Ridley. But he said it apparently had the opposite effect.
In New York, the Empire State Building and the U. N. building were among the city landmarks that shut off their lights.
In Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown said City Hall extinguished all non-essential lights for the entire evening. The Electric Tower also went dark for an hour, then was bathed in green light. Read the full story in The Buffalo News.
UPDATE, March, 30: Check out these fantastic photos from around the world at Boston.com.