This Saturday March 29 the bright lights of London will dim down on behalf of WWF’s annual Earth Hour. Originating in Sydney in 2007, the annual event sees cities across the world turning off all non-essential lights for 60 minutes to generate publicity and funding for environmental projects such as the replanting of trees in areas of severe deforestation.
Since its inception, the number of participants in Earth Hour has grown dramatically with over 150 countries and 7,000 cities taking part in the beneficial blackout this year. The domino effect of darkness will begin in London at 8.30pm and will see some of the capital’s most iconic buildings taking part with Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye all set to be shrouded in the shadows.
The whole thing officially kicks off in Samoa 14 hours prior to London’s involvement and is set to end in the Cook Islands a whole 10 hours after the UK capital hits the dimmer switch. With around 10 million Brits expected to take part this year, you can register your participation via the Earth Hour website which also features a handy map showcasing those involved in your local neighbourhood.
To see a full list of the London landmarks set to turn down the lights for Earth Hour visit earthhour.wwf.org.uk,
A glimpse of the highlights of last year’s Earth Hour: