On Saturday March 31 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Australia’s Emerald city blacks out for brighter future, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Sydney’s landmarks like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, the majority of the central business district’s office blocks, many restaurants and hotels, and countless apartments and houses went dark in honor of “Earth Hour”, an event planned by the New South Wales government, the World Wildlife Fund, and other environmental groups.
Intended to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change, the Sydney black-out has been the most impressive event of its kind so far. On February 1, the Eiffel Tower in Paris went dark during 5-minute lights-off to call attention to climate change, a symbolic gesture that was repeated in Rome where the Colosseum and the Capitol went dark, in Madrid where the lights of some of the most emblematic monuments were turned off, and in Athens where the power for several public buildings was switched off.
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