This past Saturday, March 26, 422 cities, municipalities, and towns in 134 countries worldwide went without power for the hour between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, local time. The occasion? Earth Hour, an annual event during which millions of participants around the globe turn off their lights in one of the largest coordinated demonstrations of environmental commitment.
While hoards of people participate in this event by turning off the lights in their homes, many of the world’s largest and most recognizable landmarks, ranging from Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, to the Parthenon in Athens, to the Vegas Strip participate as well.
Although Earth Hour is only 4 years old, it has significantly raised the visibility of environmental and sustainability issues around the world. However, we would encourage you to think “beyond the hour” and extend the sentiments of Earth Hour to the other 8,765 hours of the year.
For interactive before-after pictures during Earth Hour 2011, click here.