Earth Hour 2011

At 8:30pm this evening, lights were switched off around the globe for Earth Hour, to reduce the impact we are having on the planet, and to remind us that we need to start looking after planet Earth.

Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and last year, over 128 countries were involved in making Earth Hour the biggest global display of climate action.

We went to Canary Wharf to see how well they participated in this initiative. HSBC and Citi Group were in near darkness and though the pyramid on top of One Canada Square, was turned off, there were still quite a few lights left on as some people were either working or for security reasons.

The O2 arena turned off all non-essential roof lighting, but still had their external screens working overtime during the hour. I'm not sure they could be classed as essential lighting but....

The idea behind Earth Hour is a good one, though I would like to see this happening every night and not just once a year. If these lights can be switched off for an hour, as they are non-essential, then they should be switched off every night for the same reason.

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