Across the world, lights were turned off at major landmarks on Saturday to mark Earth Hour to encourage communities and businesses to commit towards the planet by conserving energy and for a better future. The Earth Hour’s official Twitter handle called on leaders, and world premises to participate in observing the hour to raise awareness about the planet and inspire people towards conservation practices. From Singapore to Australia, to Buenos Aires, cities engulfed in darkness as lights were switched off at the important landmarks between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on 27 March and the virtual spotlights were shone expressing solidarity with the planet’s cause.
In about 15 minutes, #Nepal will be switching off for #EarthHour 2021, with #India and #SriLanka joining soon after! ð Can't wait to see you join millions around the world in raising our voice for nature by sharing the virtual spotlight video! ðð¿ https://t.co/4s34ZqZhzP pic.twitter.com/QWqnNzJUpz— Earth Hour Official (@earthhour) March 27, 2021
ð£See our planet in a new lightð¤— Earth Hour Official (@earthhour) March 26, 2021
Share this video to take part in the #EarthHour Virtual Spotlight! 2020 taught us the importance of distance, but the issues facing our planet can only be solved if we uniteð¡Small actions make a big differenceðªTake the first step & RT ð pic.twitter.com/LyYUKNvXu0
The one-off event was created by the conservation charity the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia on March 31, 2007, who called on the famous buildings and landmarks across the globe to go dark and share images of participating in the initiative of saving the planet. The tradition has ever since continued. This year, the event highlighted the disastrous impact of climate change, bad food hygiene, carbon emissions, plastic, and marine pollution on the health of the Blue planet as well as it also emphasized the impact of disease outbreaks on human health, citing the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The hour has ended in DRC, Samoa, USA and India, but there is so much more to be done for our shared home! Continue to Use #YourPower and share the #EarthHour Virtual Spotlight on our planet! https://t.co/4s34ZqHGbf pic.twitter.com/7ckMz8fJHt— Earth Hour Official (@earthhour) March 28, 2021
#Mexico & #Nicaragua, it's now your turn to switch off your lights! This #EarthHour, let's come together virtually and shine a spotlight on our planet. ð¦ð Join millions around the world in switching off symbolically and sharing the Virtual Spotlight video! ð¬ð pic.twitter.com/exTfBfeRMk— Earth Hour Official (@earthhour) March 28, 2021
As a symbolic gesture of making a commitment to rescuing the planet from hazardous effects of human activities, and saving energy, millions across the globe, approximately 35 nations, and more than 400 cities and landmarks such as Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, the Colosseum, and the Empire State Building among many other, including Google search engine’s homepage went dark. India came on board the tradition in 2009 with over five million people across 58 cities participating in the event, and this year the country expressed solidarity by turning off lights at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Shanti Stupa, Qutub Minar, National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune, Ladakh, Royal Mysore Palace, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai.
Delhi: Lights go off at Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of the global Earth Hour initiative. pic.twitter.com/TGNMsI5Xax— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2015
As #Canada and #USA switches off, share with us how you are celebrating #EarthHour ð from home this year! Whether you are spending it with your family or friends, let's all come together and unite virtually! ð§ð¤ð§ð It's time we take action before it's too late ð pic.twitter.com/hulkl08Qcy— Earth Hour Official (@earthhour) March 28, 2021
Joining the inspiring action towards the planet’s brighter future was UN headquarters in New York City, UK’s The Palace of Westminster, containing the House of Commons and House of Lords, Rome switching off lights in 2,000-year-old Colosseum, Hong Kong, and Singapore going dark as lights on the sky-high metropolis were turned off, Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and Moscow's Kremlin.
ð¬ð§ Tonight, I'm joining #WWF #Paris for #EarthHour and I will go dark at 8:30pm to highlight biodiversity & forest preservation. Together, let’s all show that we love our planet & save some energy! #EiffelTower #Connect2Earth ð pic.twitter.com/pvUzZHeK23— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) March 27, 2021
Under PM @ImranKhanPTI's leadership, Pakistan has become an active participant in climate-friendly initiative. On direction of the PM, the electric lights of the Prime Minister Office were turned off at 8:30 pm to reiterate commitment to nature.#EarthHour2021 #EarthHour pic.twitter.com/obJ1HYw9iZ— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) March 27, 2021