At 8.30pm last night [Mar.26] lights switched off around the globe for Earth Hour, and locals gathered at City Hall to enjoy a night of performances marking the worldwide event.
The evening’s events, organized by Greenrock and the City of Hamilton, started at 7:00 pm and continued until approximately 10:00pm with lights being turned off at 8:30pm to mark Earth Hour. Exhibitors, school choirs, limbo dancers and fire throwers entertained the crowd on hand. [view videos here]
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.
Photos by Only the Best, click to enlarge:
Update: You can view videos the the Fire Limbo, Fire Dancers and more here.
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