Earth Hour 2015 Comes to An End! Now, watch the highlights.
It's just after 9.30pm in the Cook Islands and Tahiti, which means that Earth Hour 2015 has come to an end! We've concluded another incredible year of Earth Hour, and we'd like to thank each and every single one of you for participating. This year, we had an unprecedented 172 countries and territories taking part in the biggest celebration of the planet in the world! Remember, an hour in the dark is only the beginning. Let's use the power of the hour to#ChangeClimateChange! While this live stream has come to an end, do continue to follow us for our latest updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+. See you next year for the 10th Anniversary of Earth Hour :)
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Empowering Fiji With The Power of the Crowd
Earth Hour Fiji was all about empowerment. It was celebrated through empowering the communities of Mali Island and providing them with continuous access to clean drinking water. In this way, islanders of Mali, north of Vanua Levu, can become resilient against the impacts of climate change. They can also bring to life the spirit of "going beyond the hour" and harnessing the power of the crowd. Fundraising platforms used in this campaign are two-tiered. Corporates were invited to raise funds within organisations, adding on to proceeds from a special fundraiser “Earth Hour Candle Light Dinner” on the night itself. The dinner had the President of Fiji, Mr. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, as the Guest of Honour.
SOS for the Adriatic Sea in Croatia!
WWF Adria worked with other NGOs to use Earth Hour as a platform to support the #soszajadran campaign (SOS for Adriatic sea). The campaign draws attention to oil and gas exploration in the Adriatic. 45 cities switched off in Croatia, with many landmarks and 2 UNESCO heritage sites shutting off their lights too!
Romania Lights Up the Dark
The main Earth Hour event in Bucharest, Romania, took place in the popular park, Herastrău, with a crowd of over 7,000. Keeping with their theme of sharing their energy with nature and generating energy with exercise, Earth Hour Romania ambassador Zoli Toth and fitness coaches led members of the public on various workouts and treated them with a spectacular drum and fire show.
Glasgow Goes Dark!
The center of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, was a part of Earth Hour with the City Chambers switching off! An Earth Hour projection was also being screened, and a pedal-powered cinema being opened and lots of other public activities taking place. Throughout the hour, there were also community and council-led events taking place all across the country including night golf, ghost walks, stargazing, candlelit dinners & concerts, cycle rides, church services and film screenings! Looks like it was an eventful night in Glasgow. Were you a part of the fun? ;)
Earth Hour in Macedonia (FYROM)!
Earth Hour in Macedonia (FYROM) was celebrated in a number of locations, with events catering to each location organised by Red Cross volunteers. The biggest event on the night will be a flash mob "in the dark" with glowing effects on the Macedonia Square, Skopje. Apart from Skopje, other cities, landmarks, and 3 UNESCO landmarks were expected to go dark in the city of Ohrid.
Groundbreaking Sustainability Bill Passed in Wales, UK
WWF Cymru (UK-Wales) celebrates Earth Hour 2015 in more ways than one! After three years of working with the Sustainable Development Alliance, the "Well-being of Future Generations Bill" was passed. The ground-breaking sustainability law was put in place less than a week before Earth Hour. Congrats to the team for their success after all their hard work. :)
Powering up the Planet in Spain
Earth Hour Spain was celebrated in various cities, centered on the main event in Oriente Square in Madrid. The event involved a cycling competition with bicycles powering renewable energy. Before the hour itself, a massive Zumba dance class engaged participants in a dance for the planet. About 200 cities across Spain celebrated the hour this year, including Barcelona, Sevilla and Bilbao.
Approved as a COP21 event, Earth Hour 2015 in France kicked off the road to Paris and is set to welcome to next international conference on climate issues. With 40,000 delegates coverging from all over the world to develop new agreements after the Kyoto protocol, WWF in France hopes to mobilise French citizens to make this conference a success. Image © WWF - Margot Lhermite
In addition to community-led events throughout Korea, Earth Hour will officially be celebrated in Seoul Square, through a carbon neutral event with unplugged entertainment and candlelit celebration ending with a fun-filled flashmob, to be organised in partnership with Seoul Metropolitan Government.
Shadow Puppets in Cambodia
With more than 60% of Cambodia’s population under 30 years old, Earth Hour Cambodia is focusing on the power of the youths to raise awareness on climate change and encourage Cambodians to play an active role in environmental protection in the Kingdom. Two of Cambodia most popular celebrities, Chornn Sovannareach and Meas Soksophea, gathered with youths at a university campus (Royal University of Phnom Penh) for the lights-out, music performances, and educational role-playing and traditional shadow puppet acts.
Going the Distance with Earth Hour Malaysia
Several events happened in Malaysia for Earth Hour, including Earth Hour Night Walks around Georgetown (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Penang, and in Sunway Selangor, where purchase of the walk packs (which includes special Earth Hour Night Walk T-shirts) and other merchandise will go towards funding WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts. Here's a shot of the night walk starting off at the Sunway Pyramid!
Li Bingbing for Earth Hour China
Chinese celebrity Li Bingbing addresses the crowd at Earth Hour China's main event in Beijing. The event was held at Beijing's Capital Museum, which is partially powered by solar panels. She was joined by other celebrity speakers who spoke about China's pressing environmental issues.
The Hong Kong Skyline Goes Dark!
(From left to right) The Bank of China, Cheung Kong Centre, HSBC, Standard Charted buildings in Hong Kong before and after lights out.
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India Unplugged in New Delhi!
“India Unplugged”, a Renewable Energy Green Fair in New Delhi, will set the stage for Earth Hour India, which is focused on making renewable energy an agenda for the nation to change climate change. The WWF team in India is also aiming to raise funds to bring solar power to 1000 households in the Indian Sundarbans region, which is currently living off the grid.
5000 Unite at the Basantapur Durbar Square in Nepal
The highlight of Earth Hour celebrations in Nepal was a concert that was held at the Basantapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Kathmandu. With a convergance of youths, celebrities and conservation activists, the event is set to be a demonstration of Nepal’s increasing focus and switch to renewable energy to change climate change.
#EarthHour 2015 has officially begun and Samoa was the first country to celebrate! How are YOU celebrating Earth Hour 2015 at 8.30pm? Get the latest updates at www.earthhour.org/live and check out the Best of Earth Hour 2015 album here to watch how more than 170 countries and territories are celebrating the lights out event! Use #YourPower!
Earth Hour sweeps across the globe
Proving that no individual action on climate change is too small and that no collective vision is too big, WWF's Earth Hour kicked-off today with the first lights out event in the Pacific island of Samoa. “Earth Hour moves the discussion on climate from the conference room to the dining room, from the corridors of power to the grassroots,” said Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Chair of Earth Hour Global.
(Source: WWF International)
Earth hour: millions will switch off lights around the world for climate action
Annual switching off of lights in homes, businesses and landmarks on Saturday evening holds extra significance ahead of this year’s climate talks in Paris, says the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. Read more here.
(Source: The Guardian)
Sustainable Development Bill Passed in Wales!
After three years of campaigning, the country of Wales now has a "Wellbeing of Future Generations" bill that aims to ensure sustainable development for the country and its people. This legislative outcome is the FIRST we've received for Earth Hour 2015!
This is brilliant news as we continue our countdown to celebrating the 9th year of Earth Hour. Join us, Saturday, March 28th, 8.30pm wherever you are!
You may read the full article here.
UN Secretary General Has A Message for Earth Hour!
"Climate change is a people problem. People cause climate change and people suffer from climate change. People can also solve climate change."
Stirring words by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon! Right in time to inspire many more to join Earth Hour this Saturday, 28 March, at 8.30pm local time.
Watch the full video to see why the United Nations is celebrating #EarthHour and go to www.earthhour.org to take action NOW!