Lights out for peace and climate protection, WWF Germany, press release

On Saturday 26 March, at 8:30 pm, the lights will go out all over the world for an hour. During WWF’s Earth Hour, millions of private individuals symbolically flip the switch and set an example for peace, climate and environmental protection. At the same time, many thousands of cities shroud their most famous buildings in darkness, including, for example, the Empire State Building in New York or the Taj Mahal in India. In Germany, more than 600 cities and communities have already confirmed their participation in “Earth Hour”, a new record.

This year, Earth Hour is not only synonymous with climate and environmental protection, but also with solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine. With the symbolic turning off of the lights on Saturday, a signal of peace, climate protection and safeguarding of a living planet will be placed. “We need to get out of oil, coal and gas as quickly as possible, for our energy security, but also because our dependence on fossil fuels is fueling the climate crisis and funding dictatorships and violations of international law,” says Viviane Raddatz, Head of climate protection and energy policy at WWF Germany. “To get out of the trap of dependence on fossil fuels, we need to focus more on energy efficiency and unleash the energy transition. Every newly built wind turbine and every newly installed solar system ensures our livelihoods and makes us a little less dependent. from climate-damaging energy imports “.

WWF is calling for the 16th Earth Hour this year. Not only in Germany, but around the world, people turn off their lights between 20:30 and 21:30 local time, thus setting the example for greater climate protection. Numerous public structures, landmarks and sights such as the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin or the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro are also completely dark during “Earth Hour”. Earth Hour now takes place in more than 180 countries on all continents. More than 7,000 cities worldwide participate, in Germany alone there were about 575 last year. Registrations from individuals and municipalities continue to be accepted. More information on Earth Hour can be found at wwf.de/earth-hour.

History of the Earth Hour
In 2007, Sydney became the first city in the world to leave its landmarks in obscurity, involving over 2.2 million Australian families. Over the next few years, more and more cities have followed one another on all continents and Earth Hour is now considered the largest global climate and environmental protection campaign. In 2009, Berlin, Bonn and Hamburg were the first German cities to participate. The lights go out for one hour at 8:30 pm local time each year on the last Saturday in March.

Selection of famous (international) participating buildings:
Sydney Opera House, Australia (GMT + 11)
Tokyo Sky Tree, Japan (GMT + 9)
Shanghai Tower, China (GMT + 8)
Taipei 101, Taiwan (GMT + 8)
Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong (GMT + 8)
Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong (GMT + 8)
Petronas Towers, Malaysia, (GMT + 8)
Ali Qapu Palace, Iran (GMT +4.30)
India Gate, India (GMT + 5: 30)
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (GMT + 4)
SSR International Airport, Mauritius (GMT + 4)
Eiffel Tower, France (GMT + 1)
Colosseum, Italy (GMT + 1)
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City (GMT + 1)
Chrysler Building in New York (GMT-4)
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign (GMT-7)
Space Needle, Seattle (GMT-7)
United Nations Headquarters, USA (GMT-4)
Cathedral Basilica of Lima, Peru (GMT-5)
El Angel de la Independencia, Mexico (GMT-6)

Note for Berlin: The central event of the Earth Hour in Germany takes place in Berlin at Pariser Platz. At 20:30 sharp, the Brandenburg Gate will be shrouded in darkness for an hour. Hundreds of LED lights will form a dove of peace in front of the landmark to draw attention to the threats to our livelihoods from the climate crisis and wars. WWF activists are available for interviews.

List of all participating cities in Germany: https://bit.ly/EarthHour2022DE

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