Last Saturday, March 27th, the World Wildlife Fund organized its third annual Earth Hour to inspire action around creating a more sustainable future. Millions of individuals and business participated across the globe by turning off their lights for one hour at 8:30 pm local time, and our very own NileGuide Local Experts gave us the low-down on Earth Hour worldwide. Here are a few highlights:
- At restaurants in Perth, Australia, visitors dined by candlelight and enjoyed local ingredients listed on seeded menus (which means you can take the menus home and plant them)!
- In Boulder, “greening” came naturally to one of the greenest cities in America and Boulderites celebrated the event with an official “lights out ceremony.”
- In Vancouver, Earth Hour was the perfect follow-on to the greenest Olympics yet; McDonald’s even jumped on board by turning off the Golden Arches.
- For Lights out in London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square were among the many landmarks that went dark for the occasion.
- Even Sin City went green, as all the hotels on the strip or downtown in Las Vegas dimmed or turned off their lights for an hour.
Did you dim the lights on Saturday? If you missed it, go ahead and have an Earth Hour of your own. It’s never too late to be green, and it’s about time to get over any lingering childhood fears of the dark. Turn out the lights — I dare you!
Photo courtesy of Penny B. Dreadful