Mar 19: Earth Hour exceeds target for historic event

With only nine days to go before the globe switches off for Earth Hour, the number of cities, towns and municipalities signing up to switch their lights off at 8.30pm on 28 March has already exceeded the ambitious target of 1,000 set by WWF.

Currently 1,508 cities, towns and municipalities across 80 countries are committed, with more coming on board every day.

"This is a terrific milestone for Earth Hour and demonstrates that Canberra will be joined by a wave of cities around the world switching their lights off at 8.30pm on Saturday 28 March,” said Ms Amy Rauter, Earth Hour officer.

“From the Chatham Islands to the Arctic Sea, people from all corners of the world will turn off their lights for Earth Hour to cast their vote for action on climate change.

“The historic event will see millions of people gathered in parks, streets, town squares and homes around the world to witness the lights going out on iconic landmarks and city skylines, while taking in the atmosphere of some truly unique Earth Hour events.

“In Canberra, support for Earth Hour is growing daily with iconic attractions, businesses, office buildings and government departments all pledging to switch off. Residents across the city are also getting ready to spend an hour in darkness,” Ms Rauter said.

The global wave of participation will gather momentum through Asia Pacific with major cities such as Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Mumbai and Delhi dimming the lights as millions flick the switch to express their concern for the planet.

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