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March 19, 2016

In times of darkness...

type: Protest
by: Deniz Zehra Tavli

Today at 8.30 p.m. local time worldwide, 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in this year's Earth Hour: a global environmental action for each inhabitant of this planet to participate in by simply switching off the light for an hour.

The event is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with the goal to not only encourage individuals, but also companies, organizations and governments to switch off their lights for one hour. The idea behind is to motivate people to take action for climate change, environmental protection and to raise  awareness for the ability of each one to take part in creating a more sustainable future. So far more than 360 landmarks, including iconic sites such as the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Empire State Building in New York, the Sydney Opera House, the Roman Colosseum and many more, are confirmed to join the global switch off.

In times of darkness, humans have always been more creative and innovative. So are the actions all around the world which are held during Earth Hour. On the WWF webpage you may find a local event close to you to take part in. But if you feel like staying at home: Don't forget to turn off the light!

Photo: Derek Key