Apr 3: Achievements
Key achievements of Earth Hour 2009 in Australia include:
- Nearly half of all Australians (47%) participated in Earth Hour with Canberrans gaining the highest number for the second year with 62%. Not that we are competitive, but for the rest of the capital cities we polled: Brisbane 52%, Adelaide: 50%, Sydney 50%, Melbourne: 40% and Perth 40%.
- Around 56% (312) of Australia's local councils committed to Earth Hour, with these areas comprising around 85% of Australia's population
- 99 of the ASX100 companies registered their participation
- Australia's major icons switched off: the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, St Kilda's Luna Park, Story Bridge, Parliament House, WA State Memorial, Rundle Mall Lantern.
Our greatest achievement is that Australia has taken Earth Hour to the world. We should also feel proud of the International efforts which include:
- 4088 cities, towns and municipalities in 88 countries across the globe, including China, India, Russia and Brazil
- 18 out of 20 G20 countries took part
- 9 out of 10 of the world's most populated cities switched off
- Famous landmarks that went dark: the Pyramids and the Sphinx (Egypt), Eiffel Tower (France), Vatican (Italy), Acropolis (Greece), Big Ben (UK), the Las Vegas Strip and Empire State Building (USA), Christ the Redeemer (Brazil), Bird's Nest (China) and the Petronas Twin Towers (Malaysia). Click here to see some great images and some great video here.
Earth Hour's global expansion has been matched by its online presence with more than 1 million social media supporters, over 4 million views of official Earth Hour images on flickr and almost 17 million new keyword mentions of "Earth Hour" within the 24 hours around Earth Hour.