You may have heard about – or perhaps participated in – last Saturday’s Earth Hour 2010, a widely publicized public campaign in which roughly one billion(!) people in nations across the world turned off their lights for an hour in support of climate change-related action.
Many of DC’s best-known landmarks went dark for an hour on Saturday evening, in accordance with the demonstration: the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Cathedral and the Pentagon. It was a powerful testament to the city’s collective concern about the preservation of our planet.
But did you know that the organization that spearheads the Earth Hour effort – the World Wildlife Fund – is based here in DC? The WWF is committed to preserving fragile ecosystems and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Earth Hour campaign was started in 2007 and continues to gain momentum with each passing year.
In addition to landmarks and monuments, many area hotels participated in the Earth Hour initiative. The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC turned off many of its main lights, and its Westend Bistro was light by candlelight, as was Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons in Georgetown. And dining in softly lit luxury sounds like a pretty romantic way to be environmentally conscious.