On March 31, 2012, to show their support and commitment towards Earth Hour 2012, hundreds of millions of people around the world, in thousands of cities, at hundreds of landmarks, on all seven continents, switched off their lights for one hour to display a universal commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet.
Earth Hour is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. The event encourages households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.
This year, Earth Hour completed a record journey across more than 6,525 cities, towns and municipalities in 150 countries and territories. ThinktoSustain.com presents glimpses of ‘Before’ and ‘After’ imagery of various landmark structures from across the world as they switch-off their lights in support of Earth Hour.
Check individual cities and their landmarks for Earth Hour switch off:
- Edinburgh Fourth Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
- ICC (International Commerce Centre) Tower, Hong Kong
- The Memorial Chorten, Thimpu, Bhutan
- Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong
- Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
- The Cathedral of Vilnius, Lithuania
- Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
- Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge (JK Bridge), Brasília, Brazil
- Estela de Luz (Pillar of Light), Mexico City, Mexico
- Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
- Grossmünster Church with its Twin Towers (Right), Zurich, Switzerland
- President’s Office, Male, Republic of Maldives
- Hong Kong
- Orchard Road, Singapore
- Vyšehrad Castle, Prague, Czech Republic
- Si-o-se Pol (Allah-Verdi Khan Bridge), Isfahan, Iran
- Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
- Hora do Planeta, Brasilia, Brazil
- Lucerne, Switzerland
- HSBC Head Office, Qatar, Doha
- Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
- The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, U.K.
- The Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
- Brighton Wheel, Brighton, U.K.
- India Gate, New Delhi, India
- Houses of Parliament (Westminster Palace) and Clock Tower (Big Ben), London, U.K.
- Christ Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro
- Bell Tower of Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany