Lights off in Shenzhen during Earth hour

Lights off in Shenzhen during Earth hourLandmark buildings and residential homes in Shenzhen turned off their lights from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm in observation for the Earth hour last Saturday to join in the efforts to arouse awareness for environmental protection.

Skyscrapers and companies in the Futian district all participated in the campaign and at the same time stages an unplugged concert to mark the low carbon year. the one hour lights off campaign saved an estimated 33,900 kwh, or an equivalent to a reduced consumption of almost 14 tons of coal.  Buildings at the Shenzhen University were dimmed to form a candle like shape in the university observance of the earth hour.

People usually spend their nights watching TV on is sitting in front of a computer, its was nice to see people walking in the parks and attended the concert in their way of observing Earth hour even if its just for one hour. Turning off lights is not much, but it create awareness by changing how people think. Hotels in Shenzhen also turned off their lights in some of their areas and replaced them with candles.

Earth hour was started in Australia in 2007 that helped bring a community together to acknowledge the importance of reducing the consumption of the earths natural resources. The earth hour is one symbolic event that demonstrates that even a small action such as switching of lights can make a big difference.

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