March 27, 2010 07:00 ET

WWF’s Earth Hour: Global Display of Climate Action Only Hours Away

- 125 countries across all seven continents prepare for historic display of climate action

- 1274 icons and landmarks around the world to switch off lights for Earth Hour

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 27, 2010) - At 8.30pm local time tonight, more than 4,000 cities, towns and municipalities across 125 countries will switch off their lights for WWF's Earth Hour in an historic moment of global unity. Canada is among the world leaders with more than 300 cities and municipalities signed up.

From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the Los Angeles hills, hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life and corners of the globe will come together in an unprecedented moment of celebration and contemplation of the one thing every person on the planet has in common – the planet.

Some of the cities turning off their lights include:

  • Beijing
  • London
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Moscow
  • Tokyo
  • Berlin
  • Rome
  • Stockholm
  • Cairo
  • Washington DC
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Dubai
  • Mexico City
  • Sydney
  • Delhi
  • Singapore
  • Toronto
  • Copenhagen
  • Manila
  • Istanbul
  • Nairobi
  • Bangkok
  • Los Angeles
  • Barcelona
  • Hong Kong
  • Buenos Aires
  • Cape Town

…and Davis Station in Antarctica

The Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, the ancient world's most powerful symbol of united action, head a list of 1274 man-made marvels and natural wonders switching off for Earth Hour worldwide, including:

  • Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Eiffel Tower & Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  • Empire State Building in New York
  • Buckhingham Palace & Big Ben in
  • Brandenbug Gate in Berlin
  • The Acropolis in Athens
  • Trevi Fountain and Coliseum in Rome
  • Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan
  • Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • India Gate and Red Fort in Delhi
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Burj Khalifa in Dubai
  • Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
  • Bosphorous Bridge in Istanbul
  • Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
  • Table Mountain in Cape Town
  • The London Eye
  • Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing
  • Kuwait Towers
  • The Merlion in Singapore
  • Independence Angel in Mexico City
  • Niagara Falls in USA
  • Tapei 101
  • St Paul's Cathedral in London
  • Sears Tower in Chicago
  • Grand Palace in Bangkok
  • CN Tower in Toronto

Earth Hour's open-source nature is the driving force behind its global message of hope and action:

  • Earth Hour has more than 2 million online social network friends
  • Thousands of Earth Hour videos are being viewed around the world with the official Earth Hour 2010 video currently being viewed approximately every 4 seconds at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FclcMfzjwug
  • Earth Hour is one of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter worldwide
  • The term 'Earth Hour' has appeared online more than 30 million times in the past 24 hours
  • In the past 24 hours, Google has registered 30.9 million mentions of Earth Hour, or 357 mentions per second

Events, from intimate gatherings at home to large public gathering like Earth Hour Unplugged in Toronto, will be held across Canada tonight to celebrate the hour. People can submit their event or find other local events at www.EarthHourCanada.org.

"Whether you join your community in your town square, host a lights out party for your friends, or enjoy a candlelit dinner with your family, I encourage everyone across Canada to be a part of this historic event," says Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. "Turn off your lights for Earth Hour and then think about what you can to do in your own life to make every hour Earth Hour."

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global WWF initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. to show their support for action on climate change. The event began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has since grown into a global movement reaching more than one billion. In Canada, Coca-Cola, Sears Canada, and the Toronto Star are the lead sponsors. www.EarthHourCanada.org

About WWF-Canada

WWF-Canada (World Wildlife Fund Canada) is a member of WWF, one of the world's largest independent conservation organizations, active in more than 100 countries. WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature to thrive. In Canada, we create solutions to conservation issues important to Canadians and the world. WWF-Canada works collaboratively with governments, businesses and the public to help fight climate change, the single biggest environmental threat to our planet; conserve our oceans and freshwater resources; and educate and mobilize people to build a conservation culture.

For photos or video visit: http://earthhour.panda.org

Contact Information

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    Tara Wood