Earth Hour to Take Place Saturday
Last year’s Earth Hour reached all seven continents and took place in 5,251 cities and towns in 135 countries and territories.
Many landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls, the Sydney Opera House, and hotels and casinos along the Las Vegas Strip turned off their lights in observance in recent years.
This year, many companies have already announced plans to observe Earth Day. In Munich, BMW will turn off interior and exterior lights at its four-cylinder headquarters building (pictured) and neighboring BMW Museum. It will turn off the exterior lighting for the BMW Welt and the interior lighting will be dimmed, allowing visitors to continue enjoy the building. Its restaurants will remain open and diners will eat by candlelight.
During past Earth Hour observances, cities have seen significant reductions in power consumption as high as 13% during the observance.
Earth Hour was first held in 2007 (its working title was “The Big Flick”) and is a project of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The first Earth Hour took place in Sydney, Australia at 7:30 p.m. local time. 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses participated.
In the past Earth Hour has been observed with concerts (Nelly Furtado in Toronto, Knesivat Hashekel in Tel Aviv), public celebrations (including Atlanta and San Francisco), and star gazing.
Whether you are at home, at work, or in a hotel room, join Frequent Business Traveler staff in turning off all non-essential lights when the clock strikes 8:30 p.m.
(Photo: Jonathan Spira)