I must confess, as someone who cares about the environment, when I first read about the concept of Earth Hour, my immediate reaction was not quite positive. After all, could one hour of switching off non-essential lights really make a difference?! But, when you think about it, doing so wouldn’t hurt either. And, if the result of this effort was only a bit more awareness among earthlings, even that would be a step in the right direction.
Whichever way you feel about the event, you won’t be able to deny the beauty in these photographs taken from urban landmarks across the globe, showing the ‘before’ and ‘after’ effects of Earth Hour 2009…
Here’s how The Boston Globe’s “Earth Hour 2009” page describes its effort:
Started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour quickly grew into a global observance. More than 1,000 cities in over 80 countries observed Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday March 28th, as homes, office towers and landmarks turned off their lights for an hour starting at 8.30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions.
Collected here are a series of before-and-after photographs – which (starting with the second one below) will fade between “on” and “off” when clicked.