World cities join the global blackout Earth Hour 2021 against climate change

This set of photos taken on March 27, 2021 shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris before (above) and after it was decommissioned as part of the Earth Hour Environmental campaign.

Famous buildings from all over the world, From the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House, they supported Earth Hour on Saturday, as they turned off their lights for 60 minutes, symbolically, to combat climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

Earth Hour was born in 2007 in Sydney as a sign of sustainability, and today Earth Hour is a classic in the calendar of environmental related dates every last Saturday in March of the year.

The Colosseum in Rome on March 27, 2021 before (above) and after (below) the lights go out at Earth Hour
The Colosseum in Rome on March 27, 2021 before (above) and after (below) the lights go out at Earth Hour

“Earth Hour is a symbol that we want to remember that nature is the life support system that provides us with everything we need, from the air we breathe to the water we drink and the food we eat, and we must defend it now in order to safeguard the health of our planet, and at the same time, our health and our well-being. “, They confirm from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the promoter of this iconic global initiative.

This thirteenth edition has been added again Paris Turn off the lighting Eiffel towerIt also happened Sydney Opera House (Australia), while in Rome The façade of Palazzo Senatorio del Campidoglio, the seat of the Italian capital city council, was left in the dark as “a simple but important gesture to remind us that the fight to prevent biodiversity loss and protect nature is essential,” said Mayor Virginia Raggi.

Shows a collage photo of the Kremlin, GUM store, and St. Basil's Cathedral before (top) and during Earth Hour in Moscow, Russia
Shows a collage photo of the Kremlin, GUM store, and St. Basil’s Cathedral before (top) and during Earth Hour in Moscow, Russia

at Moscow The lights have turned off the Kremlin and the entire architectural complex that consists of Red Square: the Historical Museum, the luxurious GUM warehouses, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Alexander Gardens, as well as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and the TV Tower. Ostankino Monument and the Seven Skyscrapers in Stalin’s Time.

The collage shows the Brandenburg Gate before (above) and during Earth Hour in Berlin, Germany
The collage shows the Brandenburg Gate before (above) and during Earth Hour in Berlin, Germany
A set of photos taken on March 27, 2021 in central London show Westminster Palace, home to both houses of Parliament including the House of Lords and the House of Commons, before (above) and after plunging into darkness at Earth Hour's environmental campaign.
A set of photos taken on March 27, 2021 in central London show Westminster Palace, home to both houses of Parliament including the House of Lords and the House of Commons, before (above) and after plunging into darkness at Earth Hour’s environmental campaign.

Earth Hour has had very limited follow-up in Turkey as a result of the restrictions imposed by the epidemic, and only two large companies that have their own tower in Istanbul announced that they will turn off the lights, in addition to a series of private schools and many city councils in provincial capitals, such as Gaziantep in the southeast of the country. Or Canakkale in the Dardanelles, which toppled urban centers or important monuments.

The artificial tree-shaped structures called Supertrees, before (above) and after lights out at Gardens By the Bay in Singapore
The artificial tree-shaped structures called Supertrees, before (above) and after lights out at Gardens By the Bay in Singapore

at Spain The blackout has been supported by major institutions, political parties, companies, hotels, shopping centers and organizations of all kinds, which during that period left their headquarters and official bodies in the dark in a solidarity call for the protection of the environment and nature, which were joined again by monuments such as the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid. Or the Alhambra in Granada or the Giralda in Seville.

    India Gate War memorial before (above) and after lights out in New Delhi, India
India Gate War memorial before (above) and after lights out in New Delhi, India

Por segundo año consecutivo las restricciones y confinamientos impuestos a consecuencia de la actual crisis sanitaria han hecho de la Hora del Planeta 2021, según sus organizadores, “el mayor evento digital en defensa del medio ambiente y una llamada a actuar por el clima y conectar Nature”.

A picture of a building turning off its lights during the 2021 Earth Hour celebrations in Iran
A picture of a building turning off its lights during the 2021 Earth Hour celebrations in Iran

For this reason, the programmed activities consisted of “a journey of feelings with proposals to enjoy from home,” according to the WWF website, where documentaries, recipes, illustrations or song playlists were published, among other digital options. To celebrate.

Bayterek Monument after lights out in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Bayterek Monument after lights out in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

For the organizers, Earth Hour “2021 is a crucial year for protecting nature,” as major political decisions will be made at the 15th Kunming Biodiversity Summit (China) or at COP26 in Glasgow (UK), “Two key moments for realizing an ambitious global plan to transform the relationship Society for biodiversity and ensuring the achievement of the common vision of living in harmony with nature by the year 2050. “

A view of Hong Kong during Earth Hour 2021 celebrations
A view of Hong Kong during Earth Hour 2021 celebrations

From the WWF, its Secretary General in Spain, Juan Carlos Del Olmo, assured Efe that “there is a very strong international movement of individuals, companies and organizations” ready to work together in the face of the consequences of the climate crisis and has ensured that the participation of these entities in Earth Hour is “ A way to reaffirm it. “

People stand in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China
People stand in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, China
Piccadilly Circle in London joined Earth Hour 2021
Piccadilly Circle in London joined Earth Hour 2021

With information from EFE and photos from Reuters and AFP

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