Climate Action

Landmarks switch off for climate action

In aid of Earth Hour, landmarks across the world went dark for climate action.

  • 01 April 2019
  • Rachel Cooper

In aid of Earth Hour, landmarks across the world went dark for climate action.

On Saturday 30th March, landmarks went dark at 8:30pm to promote the devastating effects of climate change.

Earth Hour started in 2007 and is now the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people every year to switch off for the environment.

Since it started, Earth Hour has helped create a 3.5 million hectare marine-protected area in Argentina and a 2,700-hectare Earth Hour forest in Uganda. It has also contributed to the ban of all plastics in the Galapagos in 2014.

188 countries participated in the 2019 campaign, focusing on issues of biodiversity, sustainable lifestyles, deforestation and plastic pollution.​

Landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Christ the Redeemer Statue and the Pyramids of Egypt turned off their lights for the cause. Celebrities and influences worldwide also joined in, with the aim to encourage conversations about climate change.

The Twitter page for the Eiffel Tower tweeted the picture of the historic landmark with the lights off.

Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International, said: "Mass participation in Earth Hour has shown that people globally demand urgent action for nature. Millions of people have spoken, urging world leaders to secure an international commitment to stop and reverse the loss of nature. We need a New Deal for Nature and People as comprehensive and ambitious as the Paris Agreement on climate change, universally endorsed from political and business leaders to communities and individuals.”

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) posted a video of the Empire State Building switching off.

Photograph: World Wildlife Fund