Earth Hour around the world

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One hour in the dark to save the planet ... This is the operation Earth HourSaturday night, in several thousand cities and more than 60 countries, by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Here, the famous Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, without light.

Petronas Towers. Photo: Lai Seng Sin / AP. Source: Freep.com.

Other beautiful pictures of this Earth Hour all over the world, here:
" picture gallery on The Detroit Free Press (Freep.com)

Sydney kicked off with the opera house and the bridge over the bay suddenly plunged into darkness. All over the world, the lights on more than 370 monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Giza, the Acropolis and the Empire State Building, were turned off. For only a few minutes for some, instead of the promised 60 minutes.

The gesture was symbolic. The aim was to raise awareness worldwide about energy saving and global warming, nine months before the Copenhagen summit on this theme. The impact in France is estimated at a drop of just over 1% in electricity consumption.

I admit, I did not do anything special for the planet between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm, Saturday night. I was sending an email to a colleague to complete an article, for the job ...

But this media and symbolic eclipse of electricity reminded me of night flights, during my travels to the East (not green at all, when one thinks of kerosene consumed by long haul). Seen from the sky, rich countries and poor countries are easily recognized. The first shine brightly, drawing sumptuous luminous mosaics on the ground. In comparison, the second ones seem to have only loupiottes ...


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  1. Hey, nice tours of Kuala ... I hope to see them in July ....
    For my part, I did not do much for the planet either ... shame on me !!!! Biz!

  2. @ Helen: I'm so glad you left a little comment. I chose this image with you and your holiday plans in mind... 😉
    The key is to do small things on a daily basis, not just the day the WWF has decreed it. Every day, sorting his garbage, taking care not to waste water, gas, electricity, use his car less, etc.

    @Nono: Yes. Such is the paradox of the self-righteous Westerners that we are. We want a greener world, but you, like me, are not ready to give up on far-off journeys. As for the carbon offset so much media, I do not believe too much. It seems to me to be just a new marketing concept to buy a good conscience. I try to pay attention to everyday life, as I said above to Helen. A drop of water in the ocean, I know ... If in addition the election of Miss Maine we grill thousands of kilowatts, it is not won ...

  3. Me, I was lucky to attend the election of Miss Maine (yes, if) and question lights, we were far from the night lights. I had some difficulties to photograph because of the huge spots that sputtered tons of lights. As I travel more than average, I feel guilty regularly about all the kerosene swallowed and my participation in the damage of the planet. But I continue to fly. Beside that I put out the loupiotes who consume three times nothing ... As logical in my approach as the ecologists who chose to live in the countryside and who eat diesel to go to work, shopping or cinema. Not every day easy to agree with his ideas.