Celebrate Earth Hour This Saturday

As wellness professionals, those in the spa industry are especially attuned to the need for eco-awareness. Help promote even more eco-consciousness by joining in Earth Hour 2009.

2,848 cities and towns in 83 countries across all seven continents prepare to unite for Earth Hour. 829 icons and landmarks around the world will switch off lights in support of climate change action.

March 28, 2009: At 8:30 pm local time, 2,848 cities and towns across 83 countries will switch off their lights for Earth Hour in a moment of global solidarity.

From the small island nations of the South Pacific to the densely populated cities of the Americas, millions of people from all walks of life and corners of the world will participate in Earth Hour, casting their vote in the world’s first global election between Earth and global warming.

66 national capitals and 9 of the 10 most populated metropolises on the planet have confirmed their participation in this year’s event, along with some of the world’s most prominent cites, including:

  • New York
  • London
  • Beijing
  • Paris
  • Moscow
  • Singapore
  • Berlin
  • Rome
  • Athens
  • Cairo
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Dubai
  • Mexico City
  • Sydney
  • Mumbai
  • Toronto
  • Copenhagen
  • Manila
  • Istanbul
  • Nairobi
  • Bangkok
  • Los Angeles
  • Barcelona
  • Hong Kong
  • Buenos Aires
  • Cape Town
  • Kuala Lumpur

The Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the world’s greatest symbols of the power of collective action, head up a list of 829 landmarks around the world switching off their lights for Earth Hour, including:

  • Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing
  • Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
  • Big Ben in London
  • Empire State Building in New York
  • Acropolis in Athens
  • Colosseum in Rome
  • Table Mountain in Cape Town
  • Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • CN Tower in Toronto
  • Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
  • Burj Dubai
  • Gaudi Building in Barcelona
  • Tapei 101
  • The London Eye
  • Niagara Falls in Canada
  • The Merlion in Singapore
  • Wembley Stadium Arch in London
  • Sears Tower in Chicago
  • Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong
  • Dome of St. Peter in Rome
  • Edinburgh Castle

Earth Hour’s open-source nature has been the driving force behind the campaign:

  • Earth Hour has 1.1 million online social network friends.
  • Earth Hour videos are being viewed online every .8 seconds.
  • Earth Hour is regularly trending amongst the most tweeted topics on Twitter.
  • The term ‘Earth Hour’ has appeared online close to one million times in the past twenty-four hours.

Earth Hour 2009 organizers have made a final call to the global community to help create a compelling statement on the future of the planet. “Help make Earth Hour a powerful statement on climate change that can’t be ignored by turning off your lights tonight at 8:30 pm in your time zone.” said Earth Hour executive eirector Andy Ridley.

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