Globe to switch off for Earth Hour project
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
The event is carried out by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in TurkeyHomes, schools, businesses and iconic landmarks across the planet will turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour.
At 8:30 p.m. local time on March 31, Earth Hour 2012 will see hundreds of millions of people around the world cross borders of race, religion, culture, geography and society to unite in a single moment of contemplation for the planet and celebration of their year-round commitment to protect it.
Now in its sixth year, the annual lights-out event has grown from a single-city initiative in 2007 to become the world’s largest display of environmental action, with citizens of 135 countries and territories across every continent coming together for Earth Hour 2011, indicating a growing global movement of positive change in environmental attitudes.
The event is carried out by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Turkey and will take place between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. During this time, the Bosphorus Bridge, Galata Tower, Hagia Sophia Museum, Beylerbeyi Palace, Küçüksü Mansion, Dolmabahçe Palace and the Watch Tower will be switched off for the first time to participate in the campaign.
WWF Turkey director Tolga Baştak said nearly 2 billion people were expected to join the campaign. “We have received support from some 300 companies in 14 Turkish provinces and tens of thousands of people. We invite everyone to fill out the form on the website of the campaign at www.wwf.org.tr/dunyasaati on the night of March 31.”