The United Nations turned off the lights for one hour at its Headquarters in New York ending another March 31, 2012 observance of “Earth Hour.” The UN did similarly for all its facilities/buildings around the world to raise awareness on the need to take action on climate change. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon offered that the UN was turning off its lights “in solidarity with men, women and children – 20 per cent of all humankind – who live with no access to electricity.”
Earth Hour, launched in 2007 in Australia by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), calls for people, organizations and cities to turn off their non-essential light for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m. local time. This is the third year that the United Nations joins hundreds of millions of people around the world in switching off the lights. Last year, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries participated in the event. While the actual hour is a symbolic call to action on climate change and not intended as an energy-saving measure, event organizers are asking people to “go beyond the hour” and take meaningful steps to reduce their energy consumption after the light go back on.
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