In Paris, the Eiffel Tower went dark. In London, a kaleidoscope of famous sites switched off their lights — Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye.
That scene was repeated over and over across the world on Saturday night: at Sydney’s Opera House; at New Delhi’s great arch; at Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers; at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland; at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin; at St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
In Hungary, at 8:30pm, Budapest’s Chain Bridge and Matthias Church went dark for 60 minutes and performers in the show Paris De Nuit at the Budapest Palace of Arts (Müpa) also symbolically turned off the city’s lights at the end of the show.
According to the movement, which is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour began “as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007,” which aimed to draw attention to the dangers of climate change. Today, according to organizers, it is
now the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature.
This year’s event called attention to the Earth’s natural resources and the importance of preserving the planet’s biodiversity.
You can view a gallery of Hungary’s participation in Earth Hour below:
Budapest’s Vajdahunyad Castle lit up (left), and dimmed (right) for this year’s Earth Hour, held on the evening of March 24th (Photo: MTI – Tamás Kovács)
Budapest, with the Castle and Chain Bridge in the foreground, as it looked before (left) and during (right) this weekend’s Earth Hour (Photo: MTI – Márton Mónus)
The Kossuth statue and Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Eastern Hungarian city of Nyiregyháza, lit up (right) and dimmed (left) for Saturday’s Earth Hour (Photo: MTI – Attila Balázs)
Via MTI, earthhour.org, the Independent, and the Associated Press