Thank you so much for being part of the world’s biggest environmental campaign!
With hundreds of millions of people switching off their lights for an hour – and so many making remarkable promises for things they’ll do ‘beyond the hour’ – Earth Hour 2012 has successfully focused attention on our brilliant planet, and how we need to protect it. Not just for an hour a year, but every day.
WWF’s Earth Hour is only five years old, but we’re thrilled that it’s already become such an important and unmissable annual fixture for so many people.
An astonishing new record of 152 countries and 6,895 towns and cities across the world took part this year. People, businesses, and organisations across the UK have been doing spectacular things, check out our map to see what’s been happening near you.
Take a look at just a few of the big highlights of this year’s Earth Hour…
- From Time Square to the Sydney Opera House, Brunei to Lithuania, the tallest building on the planet to an Inuit igloo, thousands of icons and landmarks worldwide switched off their lights for an hour.
- Earth Hour was even extended into space for the first time, with astronaut and WWF ambassador André Kuipers blogging, tweeting and posting flickr images from the International Space Station before, during and after Earth Hour. Find out more about André’s involvement from the European Space Agency website.
- In the UK, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Wembley Stadium, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Edinburgh Castle and HMS Victory in Portsmouth, ‘the Senedd (Welsh Assembly Building)’ were just a few of the landmarks that took part. See what happened in your community.
- In London, a human powered dance floor lit up the UK’s flagship Earth Hour event at Somerset House. Street dance troupe Flawless, stars of Britain’s Got Talent and new film StreetDance 2 counted down to switch off and performed a twilight routine. As local landmarks including the National Theatre, South Bank Centre and Waterloo Bridge went dark, street band the Luminites performed to Earth Hour supporters whilst WWF ambassador Tom Aitkens and his staff served sustainable canapés.
- A primary school in Pontypridd in Wales led the UK switch-off as winners of our Community Challenge competition – Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Evan James primary school also received a £1,000 grant from our sponsors MORE TH>N. Ysgol Evan James spent the hour doing a candlelit walk.
- Globally, the ‘I Will If You Will’ challenge was launched this Earth Hour, inviting individuals and organisations to challenge others to make an ongoing environmental commitment ‘beyond the hour’. The aim is to inspire people to take actions and make changes that will help achieve an urgently needed sustainable future for our world. Earth Hour ambassador Miranda Kerr filmed a video, as did the president of Fiji and many others. Take a look at some of the challenges at www.youtube.com/earthhour
- WWF’s Earth Hour got huge support and publicity from global and UK press, TV, radio and the online community, including as a leading # topic on Twitter throughout the weekend.
Thank you again – and we really hope you’ll join us again for next year’s Earth Hour in March 2013.