Sydney in the dark to launch the global operation “Earth Hour”

The Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge were plunged into darkness for an hour on Saturday for the launch of “Earth Hour”, a global ritual of light extinction intended to mobilize against climate change and safeguarding nature.

Shanghai Tower, Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, Red Square, Acropolis, Eiffel Tower, Egyptian Pyramids, St. Peter's Basilica, Big Ben, Christ of Rio, UN Headquarters in New York … d Countless sites, monuments and buildings in 180 countries are going after each other to extinguish their fires between 20:30 and 21:30 local, over time zones.

Organized by the WWF, this citizen mobilization, which also proposes to everyone to do the same thing, celebrates its 13th edition.

“We are the first generation to know that we are destroying the world, and we could be the last to be able to do something about it,” says the NGO. “We have the solutions, we just need to make our voices heard.”

Dermot O'Gorman, director of WWF in Australia, told AFP that the operation was “for hundreds of millions of people around the world to show that not only do we need urgent action on change. but also that we must protect our planet “.

Dozens of companies around the world have announced that they will join the movement.

In 2007, Sydney launched this unprecedented operation aimed at challenging the public authorities. Since then, the movement has taken place worldwide, while global warming is accentuated by greenhouse gases at record levels of emissions and concentration.

Last year, nearly 7,000 cities in 187 countries had extinguished their iconic buildings, from Singapore to Honolulu, via Sydney, Moscow, or Washington, according to organizers.

Several major events are coming up in 2020, including the UN Conference on Biodiversity in China and the Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in France.

According to the latest “Living Planet” report, published by the WWF in 2018, from 1970 to 2014, vertebrate populations – fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles – have fallen by 60% globally. An 89% decline in the tropics, South and Central America.

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