Earth Hour to hit klcc petronas twin tower disappear for 60 minute joint more than 2,000 cities around world expected to participate in rolling event. Saturday 28 march 2009 would be a great time to be an astronaut with a window seat in a rocket ship circling the earth. That way you’d be able to watch as the lights go out in more than 2,000 cities around the world during Earth Hour, a coordinated event that aims to draw attention to climate change and global warming with Empire State Building and Petronas twin Towers join list of modern marvels switching off for Earth Hour
Lights are scheduled to go out at hundreds of popular tourist landmarks and buildings worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow and Nairobi.
Organized by the World Wildlife Fund and supported by a host of powerful names — from celebrities Kevin Bacon and Donny and Marie Osmond to global figures Archbishop Desmond Tutu and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon — the rolling electric turnoff will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, beginning in Fiji and following time zones around the globe.
The idea came about two years ago in Sydney, Australia, when more than 2.2 million people turned out their lights at the same time. Last year, lights were flicked off in about 400 cities.
In Paris, known historically as the City of Light, the Eiffel Tower and the Cathedral of Notre Dame will go dark.
In New York City, the lights will dim at Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and the United Nations Headquarters.
Lights will go off at the Niagara Falls, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Chicago’s Sears Tower.
Los Angeles structures participating in the event include the Capitol Records Tower, the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel, the Getty Museum and the Griffith Park Observatory.
In London, City Hall and the London Eye will blink off, as will the lights at many of the city’s hotels. F
Toronto’s signature Fairmont Royal York will illuminate its indoor pool area with more than 100 floating candles and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will light up its famed lakeshore with ice luminaries and invite guests to gather around a fire for an old-fashioned storytelling session under the stars.
Several airports also plan to participate in the eco-friendly event. But don’t be alarmed — there is no plan to put anyone in harm’s way by turning off important runway or tower lights.
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, will turn off many of the indoor and outdoor signs, some lights in the terminals and many of the moving walkways.
At Los Angeles International Airport, the focus will be on the iconic 100-foot tall colorful light pylons will be lit solid green for 60 minutes before Earth Hour and then be turned off completely for the event.
Vegas … without the glitz
Las Vegas, reputed to be so well-lit that it’s visible from space, may turn out to be the most dramatic place to be during this year’s Earth Hour.
In downtown Vegas, 5,000 green, glow-in-the-dark necklaces will be handed out to visitors. Then the giant overhead screen that usually displays an eye-popping laser light show will be used to air a video about Earth Hour and then lead the crowd in a countdown to lights out on the street
At 8.30pm on March 28, the lights will go out on the Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza, as modern day Egyptians join Earth Hour’s global call for action on climate change.
Around five thousand years after their completion, Egypt’s Great Pyramids will stand as a key symbol of what can be achieved through collective action when around 2,400 cities and towns in 82 countries turn off their lights for Earth Hour.
The lights will also go out for Earth Hour on another of the ancient world’s great monuments, the Acropolis in Athens, a poignant icon in the birthplace of modern democracy for the world’s first global vote between Earth and climate change. Athens to cast its vote for Earth by switching lights off at the Acropolis
The symbolism of these antiquities’ involvement and that of two of Egypt’s modern icons, the Cairo Tower and Bibliotheca in Alexandria, has great significance for Earth Hour Executive Director, Andy Ridley.
Two great symbols of the twentieth Century, the Empire State Building in New York and Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, are the latest in a long list of modern marvels turning their lights out for Earth Hour. While the famous Arch of Wembley Stadium in London will fittingly turn off its lights during a ‘friendly’ International Football match.
With Earth Hour coordinators in Egypt, Abercrombie & Kent, pledging to hold Earth Hour vigils in their campsites across the globe, even the most remote corners of the world will be given the opportunity to Vote Earth