This Saturday, March 25th, at 8:30 PM, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will again be sponsoring Earth Hour, an event to bring attention to the problem of global warming. For one hour individuals, businesses, colleges, towns and cities, and myriad other entities will be turning off all non-essential lighting as a symbol of their desire to bring about necessary action to prevent catastrophic climate change. Many celebrities and important figures are supporting this energy-saving black-out, including Kevin Bacon, Donny and Marie Osmond, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon, and it is scheduled to run from 8:30 to 9:30 PM local time beginning in Fiji and continuing through time zones around the world.
The idea was born two years ago in Sydney, Australia when over 2 million people turned off their lights simultaneously. Last year the event really took off, with over 400 cities taking part. So far this year, well over 2,300 cities are taking part and more are still signing on. Some of the most famous structures and landmarks in the world will go dark during this event:
- The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral
- UN Headquarters, The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building
- The Great Pyramids of Giza
- Niagara Falls
- The Sears Tower (now called The Willis Tower)
- The Golden Gate Bridge
- The Acropolis
- and the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, which some have said has never been turned off before.