The Power of Darkness: Making A Worldwide Statement on Climate Change

03/19/2010 11:37 PM

It has been called “the world’s largest mass participation event ever.”

On March 27, monuments all over the world – from the Eiffel Tower to Rio’s Corcovado, from the pyramids at Giza to the British houses of Parliament – will go dark. Skylines from Shanghai to Moscow to the Las Vegas strip will flicker out at 8:30 p.m. local time. And millions of people will gather by candlelight. It’s all part of Earth Hour, a campaign by WWF, now in its forth year, to show action on climate change “is not about what country you’re from. It’s about what your planet you’re from.”

Last year, a billion people and 4,000 cities worldwide participated in the campaign

“Earth Hour is a way for the citizens of the world to send a clear message: they want action on climate change,” said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

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