On Saturday the 31st of March, all across the world, lights and various electrical appliances were switched OFF in a collective action promoting wise energy consumption. Earth Hour 2012 took place in a record 150 countries and territories across 6494 towns and cities.
In Canterbury, this event had a number of participants, from individuals themselves to our big landmarks: the illumination of the Cathedral, parts of the old city wall, West Gate Towers, the Marlowe Theatre, and CCCU’s own Chapel Tower were all turned off for the duration of Global Earth Hour.
In London, a human powered dance floor lit up the UK’s flagship Earth Hour event at Somerset House. Street dance troupe Flawless, stars of Britain’s Got Talent and new film StreetDance 2 counted down to switch off and performed a twilight routine, as local landmarks including the National Theatre, South Bank Centre and Waterloo Bridge went dark.
Other iconic landmarks switched off or dimmed across the UK included Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, EDF Energy London Eye (dimmed only), Wembley, Royal Albert Hall, National Gallery, Old Trafford, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Edinburgh Castle, the Millennium Centre and the lights of Piccadilly Circus.
A big THANK YOU to all those who campaigned the local council, and to all who took part: nice one!
— Lucy Brown, Green Impact