THE IDEA of a mass of people saving energy for at least a single hour was born in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when about 2.2 million households and companies switched off all lights and electric devices for one hour to save energy. Since then this Earth Hour initiative has been organised each year by the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) and last year the initiative was reported to be the biggest volunteer action in history – with as many as 4,159 towns and cities in 88 countries switching off their lights for an hour. Even though Slovakia was not officially listed on the earthhour.org website this year, Czech organisers such as the Ecological Institute Veronica reported that some Slovak sites such as Bojnice Castle, the town of Rimavská Sobota and the city of Košice participated in 2010, the ČTK newswire wrote, when on Saturday, March 27, between 20:30 and 21:30, these locales dimmed or completely switched off their lights.
“We switched off public lighting in Moldavská Street, in the Červený Rak locality, in Nižné Kapustníky and in the Alejová district. Moreover, from 20:30 to 21:30 we also darkened the buildings on Hlavná (Main) Street. I am well aware that this initiative of ours is just a tiny step towards saving energy but I perceive it as a chance to voice our opinion that we do care about climate change,” the mayor of Košice, František Knapík, told the TASR newswire.
In the Czech Republic, Brno was the city which took the most active part in Earth Hour, dimming or switching off lights at its biggest monuments and expressing the stance of the city representatives. Worldwide, innumerable sites went dark on March 27.
Companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Hilton, McDonald's, Cannon and IKEA also took part in Earth Hour.
5. Apr 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská