Lights Turned Off for Earth Hour
Between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm last Saturday, lights in several landmark buildings and residential complexes were turned off to observe Earth Hour, an event promoting awareness in environmental protection.
Skyscrapers and companies in Shenzhen participated in the one hour global campaign that has estimated to save 150,300 kilowatt per hour which is equivalent to 49 tons of coal and 130 tons of carbon dioxide emissions during the time the lights were turned off for even just an hour. An unplugged mini concert was also planned outside the Grand theater in Luohu that promoted a low carbon lifestyle was attended by more than 300 people.
Major buildings Kingkey 100 and venues such as Window of the World started dimming their lights at around 8:30 pm. Students at the Shenzhen University lit candles and placed it around the campus outdoor sports facilities.
Earth Hour is considered an symbolic event that shows even small actions such as turning lights off for an hour can make a big difference. Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Foundation which started in Australia in 2007.