20 March 2010

Earth Hour Singapore 27 Mar (Sat)

For one hour Singapore will join thousands of cities across the world in switching off.Come down to the Esplanade Park 8.30 to 9.30pm to watch the Central Business District and landmarks such as the Merlion, the Esplanade Theatre and the Singapore Flyer switch their lights off, enveloping the skyline in complete darkness.

From the Earth Hour Singapore webpage:
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome's Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world's largest global climate change initiative.

Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common - our planet.

Pledge your support on the Earth Hour Singapore webpage.

Time: 7-10pm
Venue: Esplanade Park (opposite the Padang)
main website: http://www.earthhour.org
Singapore site:
Contact: Earth Hour team (ask for Janell or Thu), WWF Singapore Tel: 6323 0100

Other events in the run up to Earth Hour include free screenings of these films:

24 Mar (Wed): Free screening of "The Age of Stupid" by The British High Commission and WWF. The film stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055. Watching 'archive' footage from 2008, he asks "why didn't we stop climate change while we had the chance?"

25 Mar (Thu): Free screening of "Home" by Green Drinks and Young NTUC. This film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand takes us on a journey to 54 countries to highlight state of our planet and the challenges humanity faces.

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