Lights go out around the world for 10th anniversary of Earth Hour

In his message on Earth Hour being commemorated the world over on today (Saturday), he urged parliamentarians and people to observe the worldwide Earth Hour by voluntarily switching off extra lights for one hour between 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

In 2017, it will involve the switching off of electric lights for an hour in 7,000 cities across 172 countries, at 8:30 p.m. local time, with the aim of highlighting the need to act on climate change, and saving a few megawatts of power in the process.

Many Canadians will be spending an hour with the lights out tonight as they join people around the world in marking the tenth annual Earth Hour.

Landmarks from the Eifel Tower in Paris to the Empire State Building in NY to the Sydney Opera House will shut off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.

People are encouraged to switch off lights and unused appliances for an hour as a symbolic demonstration of their commitment to action against climate change.

Scott says past year over 178 countries and territories participated in Earth Hour.

"We're taking that step to think about what we can do to help the Earth; to help fight climate change".

After their successful event in October, the organisers made a decision to rally behind the Earth Hour being planned for March 2008.

Meanwhile, the French retailer Carrefour called on its 97 stores across Taiwan to participate in the event, while hotel operators such as L'Hotel de Chine Group and Leofoo Tourism Group turned off their signboard lights.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Philippines has been championing the switch-off since 2008 and has topped global participation records from 2009 to 2012 - earning it the title of Earth Hour Hero Country.

  • Leroy Wright