Beginning in Sydney, Australia three years ago, Earth Hour has grown into a global observance. States, large organizations and individual people observed Earth Hour 2010 on Saturday March 27th, as homes, office towers and landmarks turned off their lights for an hour starting at 8.30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions.
A luminous ball seen in full flight, creating a red line, as people look on holding candle lights at the beach of Muizenberg situated on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 27, 2010. People took part in Earth Hour celebration by taking part in a soccer game with a luminous ball and standing with candle light's.
Schalk van Zuydam | AP Photo
Jordanians hold candles, as they gather to mark 'earth hour' in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, March, 27, 2010. Many millions of people worldwide are turning off lights and electrical appliances for one hour Saturday night, in a mass gesture to highlight environmental concerns and to call for a binding pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Nader Daoud | AP Photo
Big Ben, England:
The Sphinx and The Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt:
Golden Gate Bridge, CA USA:
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai:
Rome's famous Trevi Fountain with lights on (top) and the lights turned off, as part of Earth Hour on March 27, 2010. More than 120 countries participate in turning off lights for 60 minutes from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening local time in an effort to raise global awareness on climate change.
The Eiffel tower is seen before submerging into darkness at 8:30 pm (local time) on March 27, 2010, in Paris as part of the Earth Hour switch-off, which comes just months after disappointing UN climate talks in Copenhagen. Global landmarks from Sydney's Opera House to the Forbidden City, to the glittering Las Vegas Strip, will be plunged into darkness at 0930 GMT during an hour as activists bid to reinvigorate the climate change fight. Foreground number 60 is for the 60 minutes without lights.
A before-and-after view of the Las Vegas Strip seen during Earth Hour from Mix at THE hotel at Mandalay Bay March 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ethan Miller | Getty Images
Before and after views of Seattle's Pacific Science Center on Earth Day, March 27th, 2010.
Jason Ayres | Gift Enevoldsen
Moscow State University seen before and after the lights are turned off during the worldwide Earth Hour, a global campaign to highlight the threat of climate change in Moscow Saturday, March 27, 2010.
Sergey Ponomarev | AP Photo
The Sydney skyline is seen before and after the lights are switched off for Earth Hour on March 27, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. Earth hour this year aims to highlight everyone’s environmental footprint on the earth, encouraging individuals to reduce their impact on the planet and help reduce pollution and climate change.
Lisa Maree Williams | Getty Images
A view of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during Earth Hour March 27, 2010.
Bruno Domingos | REUTERS
Lights switched off in Toronto's financial district, Ontario, Canada.
Bill Ivy | WWF-Canada
The Oslo Opera House in Oslo, Norway on March 27th, 2010.
Heiko Junge | SCANPIX via WWF
The Capitol building in Atlanta, Georgia marking Earth Hour 2010.
The brightly lit YAS Marina Hotel on Yas Island is dimmed during Earth Hour 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
EAA via WWF
The Mohammed Ali mosque at the Salaheddine Citadel before and during Earth Hour in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on March 27, 2010.
KHALED DESOUKI | AFP PHOTO
PLEASE go directly to the linked tagged "INTERACTIVE".
When you click the photos, the lights switch "on" and "off". :D
The animated gifs I made do not do the source justice.
No, really -- !
- daylife.cm | pixcetera.com
- Earth Hour 2010 | The Big Picture @ boston.com (INTERACTIVE)
- Earth Hour 2009 | The Big Picture @ boston.com (INTERACTIVE)
- Earth Hour 2010 | Earth Hour Global @ Flickr.com
Here's sending out a heart-felt hat tip and thanks to danyjoncew, who helped me compile these epic photos. ♥