Earth Lights Out For An Hour. Landscape Lights Out On Time In Landmark Buildings Around The World

- Apr 02, 2019-

Significant buildings, shopping malls and entertainment centers in many cities around the world, as well as thousands of families, turned off their lights from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. local time on the 30th, and participated in the "Earth Hour" environmental protection activities to promote low-carbon life, promote the construction of low-carbon cities and jointly respond to global climate change.

From 20.30 to 21.30 on March 30, Beijing time, the "Earth Hour" activities in 2019 were held simultaneously in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen and Chengdu. Beijing Olympic Tower, Shanghai Oriental Pearl, Wuhan Yellow Crane Tower, Shenzhen imprint square and other landmark buildings just put out the landscape lights on time.

Earth Hour is the world's largest environmental public welfare campaign launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature. Since 2007, the event has covered more than 180 countries and regions, more than 7000 cities and attracted hundreds of millions of supporters.

The scene of the headquarters building of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany (from left to right) before and after the lights went out

Buildings with lights out during Earth Hour in St. Petersburg, Russia

The twin towers of Malaysian National Petroleum Corporation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before and after the start of "Earth Hour" (left, light up) and after the start (light out) (mosaic photo).

Tokyo, Yokohama, Hiroshima and other places in Japan held a "Earth Hour" lights-out event on the 30th. At the event site of the Clear Sky Tower in Tokyo, thematic exhibitions on preventing global warming, creating a sustainable society, protecting wildlife, protecting forests and oceans were held. The organizers also broadcast a video speech by Japanese astronaut Koichi Noguchi. He hoped that people would think about how to save energy while turning off the lights and looking up at the night sky. He also hoped that people would reduce the use of mobile phones and computers as much as possible.

In Seoul, South Korea, Nanshan Tower, 63 Tower, Chongli Gate and other local landmark buildings and large-scale Korean enterprise headquarters office buildings also turn off lights for an hour on the evening of 30, in response to energy conservation and environmental protection initiatives. At the lights-out event held in Millennium Square of Korea International Convention and Exhibition Center that evening, people held candles and appealed for more people to participate in environmental action to combat climate change.

Italy Rome, Milan, Turin, Matella and other cities also held a "Earth Hour" lights-out event on the evening of 30, calling on people to actively respond to climate change and promote sustainable development. After the light-out event started that evening, a concert of "Earth Hour" was held in the downtown area of Matera, with the participation of well-known pianists.

Donatella Bianchi, head of WWF Italy, said that since 1970, global natural resource consumption has increased dramatically, and climate change has affected almost everyone's lives. People all over the world should take active action to tackle climate change.

In the United States, famous landmarks, including the Empire State Building in New York, the Space Needle Tower in Seattle, the Lamppost at Los Angeles International Airport and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, went out of light on the evening of the 30th. Many netizens leave messages on social media in response to the "Earth Hour" energy-saving call. Sean Burton, chairman of the Los Angeles Airport Authority, pointed out that "Earth Hour" is an opportunity for everyone to support low-carbon energy conservation by simply flipping a switch or unplugging a charger.

In addition, world-renowned landmarks such as Khalifa Tower, the world's tallest building in Dubai, the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Malaysia, the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Parthenon Temple in Athens, Greece, the Atomic Ball Tower in Brussels, Belgium, and the European Central Bank headquarters building in Frankfurt, Germany, also participated in the "Earth Hour" event. Earth Hour, a global event launched by WWF in 2007, calls on individuals, communities, businesses and governments to turn off unnecessary power supplies from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on the last Saturday of March each year to demonstrate their support for action against climate change.

Park Shangde, one of the organizers of the event and director of global development of WWF, said that "Earth Hour" is the global relay to turn off lights in time zones at the same time on the same day. The event aims to call public attention to the decline of biodiversity and to warm up for the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity hosted in China in 2020.

That night, more than 50 Chinese celebrities joined the volunteer team of WWF and called on the public to support Earth Hour on the Internet. According to the organizers, the 2019 theme event has set the largest scale of public participation in China in the past year.

The Oriental Pearl Tower of Shanghai after "lights out"

Focus on Biodiversity

Park Shangde pointed out that with the change and development of issues related to global environmental governance, the theme of "Earth Hour" activities in China has gradually extended from the initial focus on climate change to the way of daily life.

In 2020, China will host the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, which has become a global environmental issue. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature's Earth Vitality Report 2018, the number of wildlife populations on Earth has disappeared by 60% in just 40 years.

The theme of this year's Earth Hour event is "Symbiosis with Nature". The organizers hope that through this global event, people around the world will understand the severe challenges facing biodiversity and take action to curb the continued decline of biodiversity.

Olympic Tower Before and After "Turn Out the Light"

Zhang Qian, co-sponsor of the event and executive vice president of Beijing NGO International Exchange Promotion Association, said on the spot that in recent years, China has stepped up environmental governance, accelerated industrial and energy restructuring, and promoted renewable energy development. Beijing has comprehensively strengthened the construction of ecological civilization in the capital and accelerated the construction of a beautiful Beijing featuring "sky blue, clear water, clean land and green land".

He hoped that this year's lights-out campaign could promote the continuous improvement of environmental awareness of all sectors of society, return the city's green water and blue sky with green energy-saving development, and truly achieve "coexistence with nature".

At the Shenzhen event, actor Song Jia called on the public to pay attention to the biodiversity of Dawan District, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. Actor Xu Weizhou presented awards to the WWF registered lecturer on environmental education.

"Earth Hour" is the largest environmental public welfare event in the world and has been successfully held in China for 11 years. It integrates the strength of individuals, enterprises, social organizations and the government, promotes the public's awareness of environmental protection, and further promotes the participation of all sectors of society in the ranks of environmental protection. Park Shangde commented.

At the theme event of "Earth Hour" held at the Olympic Tower in Beijing, a young mother took her animal-loving children to the World Wide Fund for Nature Biodiversity Photography Exhibition.

Earth Hour in China

The "Earth Hour" event in 2019 was held in various forms in China.

Beijing hosted the "Symbiosis with Nature" photo exhibition and film exhibition; Shenzhen Park held the "Symbiosis with Nature" carnival, around the theme of "Biodiversity in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Bay Area" to carry out creative interactive fairs.

The picture shows: On the evening of March 30, Wuhan Yellow Crane Tower participated in the global "Earth Hour" event.

At the lights-out ceremony in front of Huanghe Tower, a landmark building in Wuhan, local environmental protection associations and universities jointly launched the initiative of "creating an international wetland city". At the first stop of the Strawberry Music Festival in Wuhan, the main stage specially designed a non-plug-in performance link. Chinese rock musicians put down their electric guitars, played zither and made environmental sounds with plain and melodious piano sounds.

Twenty tall buildings on the Bund of Shanghai and tourist boats on the Huangpu River also responded by extinguishing landscape lights.

The sponsor introduced that during the promotion of "Earth Hour", the Internet platform used its own platform characteristics to transmit the concept of "symbiosis with nature". The co-sponsor, Jingdong Public Welfare, relies on the logistics network covering the whole country and continues to promote garment recycling projects with WWF during its activities.

In addition, a short television documentary showing ecosystems and the survival status of precious wildlife will be released in China, and the precious lens collected from more than 2000 infrared cameras in protected areas will be shown for the first time.

Lulunyan, China Deputy Director-General of WWF, said that Earth Hour would continue to guide the public beyond 60 minutes of thinking and action, transforming efforts for the health of the Earth's ecological environment and the future of mankind into a daily lifestyle. From attention to action, from action to habit, from habit to culture.