Samoa was the first country in the world to turn off their lights in support of “Earth Hour”. This initiative was followed by nations in Asia, Europe, Africa and America.
Earth Hour, sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund WWF, seeks to educate the world about the abuse of power consumption and how this accelerates the climate change.
This initiative started around the world on Saturday and ended in the Cook Islands. Yesterday arrived in Sydney with a blackout in buildings such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Official institutions and monuments of the major Indian cities also joined the global blackout. For the fifth consecutive year, the lights went out on the Great Wall of China and the colonial buildings of downtown Shanghai.
Palestine, Tunisia, Galapagos, Suriname, French Guiana, Saint Helena, Rwanda participated for the first time. In the U.S., the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Washington National Cathedral with other 80 cities joined this cause. Latin American countries such as Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil also joined this initiative, while the surprise this year was the accession of the Kremlin and Moscow’s Red Square as the Vatican, following the appointment of new Pope Francisco.