On Saturday, March 30, the world was asked turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour to promote electricity conservation and thus lower carbon emissions.
The Earth Hour, which was started by World Wildlife Fund in Sydney in 2007, is a way to spread the message that if the world switches off for an hour daily, carbon emissions can be reduced by 5 per cent annually. This year's target, 8:00 - 9:00 pm local time, was to lower emissions by 10%.
Cities officially involved in 'Earth Hour' included Aalborg, Aarhus, Adelaide, Atlanta, Bangkok, Brisbane, Canberra, Chicago, Christchurch, Copenhagen, Darwin, Dublin, Hobart, Manila, Melbourne, Montreal, Odense, Ottawa, Perth, Phoenix, San Francisco, Suva, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Toronto and Vancouver. Of course, many cities not on this list participated.
Personally, I spent the hour sitting in my apartment in Toronto by candlelight, watching a hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.
Read reports from round the world:
New Zealand Herald
The Montreal Gazette
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Age (Melbourne)
The Toronto Star
The Vancouver Sun
Radio Telefís Éireann (Ireland)
Chicago Sun Times
San Jose Mercury (San Francisco)
The sparsely lit Sydney, NSW, Australia. March 29, 2008