At 8.30pm on March 27, hundreds of millions of people across every continent will switch off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to show the world an answer to the threat of climate change is possible through collective action.
With more than 1500 cities, towns and municipalities and over 100 countries and regions already signed up to take part in the lights out campaign, Earth Hour 2010 is anticipated to be one of the greatest civil actions the world has ever witnessed.
As the recipient of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in advocating civil rights equality, Archbishop Desmond Tutu knows better than most the power of individuals uniting in the face of common adversity.
“Earth Hour is an opportunity for every man, woman and child from all corners of the globe to unite and show the world that by working together we can win the battle against global warming,” he said. “Climate change is the greatest human induced crisis facing the world today. It is totally indiscriminate of race, culture and religion. It affects every human being on the planet.”
Earth Hour 2010 aims to rally individuals, businesses and governments from across the planet behind a global resolution to climate change, empowering them with a platform to showcase their leadership on the global threat of climate change.
As world leaders deliberate over a global course of climate action, the archbishop says Earth Hour 2010 can provide them with a reminder of the global community’s unrelenting resolve to address climate change.
“If we all perform this one simple act together, it will send a message to our governments too powerful for them to ignore. They will know the people of the world want to see action on climate change,” Tutu said.
Since its inception in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has grown from a single-city initiative to a sweeping global action. Hundreds of millions of people in over 4,100 cities and towns across 88 countries participated in Earth Hour 2009 in what was the greatest voluntary action in history. Some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Pyramids in Egypt, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Acropolis in Athens and even the lights of the Las Vegas strip went dark.
Adding to this list, many more of the world’s most iconic landmarks have pledged to switch off for Earth Hour 2010 including he Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Sydney Opera House, London Eye, Brandenburg Gate, Tokyo Tower, Table Mountain, CN Tower, Mount Rushmore, Tapei 101, Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge, and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
With communities worldwide committing to Earth Hour every day, the support of one of the world’s most revered community figures will resonate across the globe, encouraging millions more people to ‘flick the switch’ in an historic display of action on climate change that will show the world what can be done.