Cities around the world were turning off their lights, on Saturday, for Earth Hour, with this year’s event highlighting the link between the destruction of nature and increasing outbreaks of diseases like Covid-19.
Cities worldwide switched off their lights for an hour on Saturday for the “Earth Hour”, an operation to mobilize against climate change and for the conservation of nature.
To kick off the event, the lights of skyscrapers in Asian metropolises, from Singapore to Hong Kong, went out at 8:30 p.m. local time, as did the Sydney Opera House.
The Colosseum in Rome, Red Square in Moscow, the Palace of Westminster, the illuminated signs of Piccadilly Circus in London and the three floors of the Eiffel Tower in Paris have been successively plunged into darkness: many sites, monuments and buildings put out their fires between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time.
In Algeria, the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies called on citizens to switch off the lights for an hour, this Saturday, March 27th, 2021 starting from 8:30 at night.
As such, the Ministry explained that the initiative is symbolic for the sake of preserving the environment and saving energy.
The initiative in Algeria was organized by the Sidra Association and sponsored by the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies.
Established by the World Wildlife Fund and partners in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour’s switch off is supposed to remind us that even small actions can make a big difference.