Did you turn off your lights?

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With more than 150 countries taking part in last year’s event, the movement has spread even further this year, with the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Suriname and Rwanda joining the global commemoration. CBSNEWS  published some very interesting pictures spreading the spirit of the movement from all over the world.

Times Square

New York City, Times Square

Times Square is a major commercial intersection in Midtown ManhattanNew York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Times Square is the site of the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop. On December 31, 1907, a ball signifying New Year’s Day was first dropped at Times Square, and the Square has held the main New Year’s celebration in New York City ever since. A new energy-efficient LED ball, celebrating the centennial of the ball drop, debuted for the arrival of 2008. The 2008/2009-ball, which was dropped on New Year’s Eve (Wednesday, December 31, 2008) for the arrival of 2009, is larger and has become a permanent installation as a year-round attraction, being used for celebrations such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween. 

ParisParis, Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower  is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The sparkling lights are superimposed over the golden lighting. Made up of 20,000 light bulbs, each bulb has a low power of 6 watts and light up randomly, as each bulb is separate from the others. Furthermore, the transition of the duration of the sparkling from 10 to 5 minutes an hour in 2008 has made it possible to reduce the energy consumption and above all to extend the life of the installation by several years. 

LondonLondon, Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower)

Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is now officially called the Elizabeth Tower, after being renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The Elizabeth Tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place.

Athens, Greece

Athens, Parthenon

The Parthenon is a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. It was completed in 438 BC, although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy, western civilization and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure.

New Delhi

New Delhi, Presidential Palace

Rashtrapati Bhavan (Hindi for President House) is the official home of the President of India. It may refer to only the mansion (the 340-room main building) that has the President’s official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices; it may also refer to the entire 130 hectare (320 acre) President Estate that additionally includes huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls. By comparison, the White House in USA is 18 acres in area including gardens and open spaces. 

Moscow

Moscow, the Kremlin (left) GUM (State Universal Shop) and St. Basil’s Cathedral (right)

The Moscow Kremlin, sometimes referred to as simply the Kremlin, is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River (to the South), Saint Basil’s Cathedraland Red Square (to the East) and the Alexander Garden (to the West). It is the best known of kremlins and includes five palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of thePresident of the Russian Federation. The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral are official names for a Russian Orthodox church in Red Square inMoscow. The church is also called the Cathedral of St. Vasily the Blessed, anglicized as Saint Basil’s Cathedral. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.

This symbolic action was followed by other cities too all over the world as we can see in the photo below. Belgrade, Hong Kong, Minsk and Singapore went dark in order to arise awareness of their citizens regrading the future of our planet.

Belgrade (Serbia), Hong Kong (Republic of China), Minsk (Belarus), Singapore
Belgrade (Serbia), Hong Kong (Republic of China), Minsk (Belarus), Singapore

While in some countries citizens did not just turn off the lights but they also procced to some symbolic actions too, such as holding candles during Earth Hour in Jakarta, Indonesia, or displacing lanterns at a hotel in Nusa dua, on the resort island of Bali.

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And even if the event is called “Earth hour” the most amazing photo comes from space! The astronaut, Chris Hadfield tweeted from space and send down to earth my favorite picture of the event. 

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