Today at 2030 (8:30 pm), Oslo and the rest of the country switch off the lights for an hour. Last year, 2 million Norwegians – that’s about 45 % of the population – participated in Earth Hour, locally known as Slukk lyset kampanjen (switch off the light-campaign). This year, the number might be even higher: WWF is offering to send a free text message reminding you to switch off lights – and computers. Cumulatively, computers emit almost as much CO2 as air traffic.
The entire Norwegian Government has committed to Slukk lyset-kampanjen. Oslo Opera House, City Hall and the Stock Exchange are among landmark buildings to go dark this evening. Local businesses are chiming in as well.
Way up in the country’s north, Longyearbyen on Svalbard is the northernmost city in the world to participate, even though daylight just returned a few weeks ago. Switching off the lights in Longyearbyen is risky business, as polar bears roam the area. Significantly though, the Arctic is among the areas most affected by climate change. These polar bears might benefit more than most from global action.
Polar bears on Svalbard