Friday, Apr 10, 2009
The lights that illuminate the Bunker Hill Monument at night were dimmed on the evening of Saturday, March 28th, in observation of Earth Hour, a community engagement initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about climate change.
âEarth Hour is just the start,â observed superintendent Terry Savage. âNow that the lights have been dimmed we hope that conversations on climate change will commence all over the city and that people will take the initiative to make small changes in their lives to be more environmentally friendly.â
Any lighting that was essential for active use or related to public safety, such as street and emergency lighting, remained on.
Earth Hour was first celebrated two years ago in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million people and thousands of businesses turned out their lights, allowing the message about climate change to shine brightly.
In March 2008, Earth Hour went global. More than 400 cities, thousands of businesses and over 50 million people around the world turned off their lights for one hour to demonstrate their commitment to slowing the effects of climate change. The movement captured the publicâs imagination, with lights going out at some of the worldâs most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Bangkokâs Wat Arun Buddhist temple, the Coliseum in Rome, Stockholmâs Royal Castle, Londonâs City Hall, New Yorkâs Empire State Building, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.