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26 March 2011 :: 15:03:41 pm 52103

Earth Hour’ Begins At 8:30pm Worldwide

SYDNEY (AFP) – Hundreds of millions of people around the world are expected to switch off their lights on Saturday for one hour to mark the “Earth Hour”, which raise awareness about the climate change.
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“It’s an hour in one day of the year,” Earth Hour co-founder and executive director Andy Ridley said.
“The amount of power that’s saved during that time is not really what it’s about. What it is meant to be about is showing what can happen when people come together.” Ridley added.

Ridley said 134 countries or territories are participating in the event with many groups planned to use the hour to pay tribute to Japan’s suffering of 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

In Scotland, traditional bagpipe will sound in remembrance of the thousands kill in the disaster in Japan while in Sydney a minute’s silence will be observed by a group climbing the Harbour Bridge and another in Antarctica.

Earth hour has evolved into a global movement and this year it will take place from 8:30pm local time around the world. In particular, Earth Hour 2011 will focus on connecting people online so they can inspire each other to go beyond the hour and make commitments to help protect the environment, Ridley said.

Hundreds of millions of people took part in 2010. Ridley hopes that the same responses will occur in significant landmarks such as the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Times Square New York, the London Eye and Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged people to celebrate the shared quest to “protect the planet and ensure human well-being.”

“Let us use 60 minutes of darkness to help the world see the light,” he said of the event, which starts in the Pacific, takes in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, before rolling to Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

“The simple and powerful idea of switching off lights for an hour to drive action on climate change began in Sydney and has been embraced around the world,” said Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard from Canberra’s Parliament House.

British Prime Minister David Cameron described Earth Hour as “a huge symbol of global solidarity, an inspiring display of international commitment.”

The organisers are encouraging people to commit to an action, whether large or small, which they can carry out through the year to help the earth.

Ridley said he never expected the Earth Hour movement to become so large.

“We didn’t imagine right at the beginning… it would be on the scale that it is now. And the fact that it is so cross cultural, beyond borders and race and religion,” he said earlier this week.

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