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World's iconic sites go dark to fight global warming
March 28, 2010
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March 27, 2010

The world's tallest building went dark, the Eiffel Tower lost its glow and lights were shut off at other sites across the globe Saturday in a campaign to boost the fight against climate change.

Ferry horns blared across Sydney harbour in a noisy start to the Earth Hour energy-saving event, involving 4,000 cities in a record 125 countries.

It was to include 1,200 landmarks from the Forbidden City to Egypt's pyramids and the Las Vegas Strip, with iconic sites going dark for 60 minutes.

"From Brazil to America, to Canada, all the way down to Australia, Japan and India -- it's a really diverse set of countries taking part this year," Earth Hour executive director Andy Ridley said.

The rolling wave of darkness was intended to boost the environmental movement after disappointing UN talks in Copenhagen in December.

The 2010 WWF-run event officially began when New Zealand's Chatham Islands switched off their diesel generators to leave just 12 street lamps burning and was to end nearly 24 hours later in Samoa.

Beijing's Forbidden City and Bird's Nest Stadium were among the participants along with other cities in China, which is the world's biggest carbon polluter and appointed giant panda Mei Lan its Earth Hour "ambassador".

But in Bangkok, city authorities were ordered to halt their Earth Hour campaign for security reasons as anti-government protesters held a major rally.

Elsewhere in Asia, the Japanese city of Hiroshima turned off the lights at 30 sites, including its Peace Memorial, set in one of the few buildings to survive an atom bomb attack during World War II.

Private homes also switched off their power. New Delhi Mum Aruna Mehra told AFP: "My daughter invited her friends over for a party to eat by candlelight" -- although others drew the line at switching off fans in the sweltering heat.

In Delhi and Mumbai, lights were switched off at shops, hotels, the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential residence, the 17th-century Red Fort and the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex, one of India's largest Hindu places of worship.

India is expected to be among the countries hit hardest by rising temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns, with experts warning such problems could affect food security and displace communities.

In the Middle East, the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, had its lights switched off for Earth Hour.

Egypt participated as well, with lights shut off at the Giza plateau, plunging the three Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the surrounding desert area into total darkness.

In Europe, some of the world's most recognisable sites faded into darkness.

More than 240 buildings and monuments in Paris participated, including the Eiffel Tower -- which only went dark for five minutes as opposed to the full hour. Some 1,600 candles were lit at its base in recognition of the event.

London's Big Ben took part, and the advertising signs at Piccadilly Circus in the city were also turned off. It is thought to be only the fourth time since World War II that the huge Coca-Cola sign there has been dimmed.

But some onlookers in Piccadilly Circus said the measures should have gone further.

"I thought it was going to be the whole of Piccadilly and it's just the screens. It should have been all the lights and all the buildings around here," said Sandra Herrera, 23, visiting from Bilbao in Spain.

Rome's Trevi Fountain, known by many through Federico Fellini's film "La Dolce Vita", was among Italy's sites involved in the campaign.

In the United States, some 30 states were on board, with Mount Rushmore, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and Chicago's 110-storey Sears Tower all due to go dark.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney and enjoys widespread support both from the public and big business, including Google, Coca-Cola and McDonald's.

This year, even users of ubiquitous Twitter and Facebook could show their support with special applications that turn their displays dark.

In December, two weeks of UN talks in Copenhagen failed to produce a binding commitment to limit global warming or set out concrete plans for doing so, in a setback for the environmental movement, Earth Hour first started in 2007 in Sydney Australia, & just gets bigger every year.

March 28, 2010
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Big publicity stunt thats does nothing. Its like boycotting the oil companies by not buying gas on Mondays, so you just fill up sunday.

March 28, 2010
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"greeney2" wrote: Big publicity stunt thats does nothing. Its like boycotting the oil companies by not buying gas on Mondays, so you just fill up sunday.

It's a good will deal.

it has an impact by makeing people think about the issue.

Boycotting oil is the joke, as governments have subverted the oil debate by giving control of any, & every' new green alternatives to oil, over to the big oil companies, who just sit on the alternative energy advancements, until they have squeeze every last cent, out of every last
drop of crude oil.

& the same goes for the coal industry.

So atleast earth hour turns of the power for atleast an hour, & that cuts the profits of the power companys for that one hour, right.

So its a start.

fight for the Young hearts & minds ....... ect ect.

March 28, 2010
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Young has nothing to do with it, its all about "dog and pony" shows. Political stunts, and lets do what sounds good on paper, but accomplishes nothing. If you want to proove a point, turn the lights out in a 100 story office building that has 5000 people working in it, on a workday, not on a Saturday when nobody is working. The WTC had over 20,000 people in them on a full working day. You might as well stage a 24 hour hunger stike, right after you eat at the "all you can eat" buffet. Its a big show for nothing.

March 28, 2010
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A ridiculous gesture to bolster a lie which is being used to try to engineer an air-tax.

A gesture not wasted on the gullible lemmings which surround me and stifle my existence.

If the world-owners were really keen on stopping the pollution from carbon in the air then they'd make decent public housing with solar heaters and panels, encourage people to use alternative and renewable energy and at the same time improve the efficiency of existing tech.

And geothermal energy is limitless and pollution-free.

All-in-all shutting the lights off at scenic spots is a pathetic and laughable idea designed to fool the invincibly naive.

March 29, 2010
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And geothermal energy is limitless and pollution-free.

Its limitless if you are in area where its at, just like windpower takes places with high wind patterns. That limits where you get them both. California has both, but our biggest asset if hydroelectic. We have a lot of high elevation snowpack and many power plants, plus the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Geothermal is here but in limited places. I only know of 3 major wind plants, and one solor powerstation, I built in my company. Solar 1 in Dagget, Calif.

March 29, 2010
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The world is aware of why it is so important to reduce greenhouse gas...This is the invitational door to keep people thinking about doing the right thing..
I wholeheartedly agree earth hour means something special and does have an impact of both awareness and in the end the environment.The proof is right there in the article -a record 125 countries recruited the idea...

Big publicity stunt thats does nothing. Its like boycotting the oil companies by not buying gas on Mondays, so you just fill up sunday.

lol...so what your saying is greeny,why bother joining a just cause because your pessimistic views dont see it going anywhere ?
What about vehicle emission control ? was that a waste of time ?

March 29, 2010
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"greeney2" wrote: You might as well stage a 24 hour hunger stike, right after you eat at the "all you can eat" buffet. Its a big show for nothing.

Your obvious not into peaceful protests... 💡 no wonder you enjoy car slamming Dirty Harry traffic cops so much..
The stronger end of the whip gets the job done i guess your saying..so which is the stronger end The popper or the handle?
The cop or car ?
The earth hour volunteer or the pessimist :ugeek:

March 29, 2010
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"chiselray" wrote: no wonder you enjoy car slamming Dirty Harry traffic cops so much..

You've never watched a Dirty Harry flick, have you?

War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.

Economics and diplomacy are methods of securing resources used by humans.

Securing resources is the one necessary behavior for all living things.

War = Life

March 29, 2010
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all the time..why

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