Millions turn off lights for Earth Hour 2014
This weekend, millions of people around the world came together for Earth Hour. The annual event, which is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), is designed to raise awareness about a sustainable future for our planet.
On Saturday March 29, at 8:30pm local time, landmarks around the world went dark for one hour. Participating sites included the Parthenon in Athens, Sydney Harbor Bridge, France's Eiffel Tower, and Times Square in New York City. Celebrities Jamie Foxx, Alyssa Milano, Miranda Kerr, William Shatner, and Tom Fletcher also took part in the global event. Sony Pictures also got in on the action along with the cast of the new Spiderman movie, asking fans to "be a superhero" for their planet.
More than 7,000 cities in 162 countries participated in Earth Hour 2014, which could not have come at a better time. A report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned against the dangers of ignoring renewable and sustainable energy.
"This report tells us that we have two clear choices: cut emissions now and invest in adaption - and have a world that has challenging and just barely manageable risks; or do nothing and face a world of devastating and unmanageable risks and impacts," said Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF Global Climate & Energy Initiative.
To learn more about Earth Hour, visit EarthHour.org.