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WWF Director-General, James Leape joined citizens of Beijing in an Earth Hour ceremony at the Forbidden City as the lights at China’s most significant historic landmark switched off. The Forbidden City, which served as the ceremonial and political hub of China for almost five centuries is the most powerful gesture the economic superpower could make to show its commitment to the pursuit of sustainable economic development.
Other icons to go off included the Birds Nest, Water Cube and Chengdu Panda Base as lights went out in 34 cities and towns across China. In Chengdu, Earth Hour Global Panda Ambassador Mei Lan led the city’s 13 million citizens to turn off lights from her home at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Mr Leape said, “Earth Hour provides a global platform for millions of people to voice their concern about the devastating effects of climate change.”
The famous Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong City switched off for Earth Hour. The spectacular lights display is only ever turned off for extreme weather conditions such as typhoons, making it’s participation in the global climate change initiative even more significant. Tsing Ma Bridge and Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower also went dark and an official Earth Hour count down was held at the Avenue of Stars, where the public was entertained by an a cappella concert and videos of Hong Kong Earth Hour Ambassadors Andox and Box.
Famous for its glitz and glamour many of the leading casinos of Macau including MGM Grand Macau, Grand Lisboa Hotel and Grand Waldo Casino have made a bold statement on climate change by turning off their lights for Earth Hour.
The world’s second tallest building, Taipei 101, has again switched off for Earth Hour. The modern architectural marvel was the center piece of Taiwan’s Earth Hour campaign and was joined by the Presidential Palace.
Four of the five tallest building in the world will switch off for Earth Hour.
The Sukhbaatar Square, the most iconic place in Mongolia, was the site of Mongolia’s first Earth Hour. Over 3000 people gathered in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, with the city Mayor and Minister for Nature and Environment among the distinguished guests who attended. A giant 60 was created via candlelight signifying the collective wish of Mongolia for action on climate change.