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Earth Hour 2009

Started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour quickly grew into a global observance. More than 1,000 cities in over 80 countries observed Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday March 28th, as homes, office towers and landmarks turned off their lights for an hour starting at 8.30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions. Collected here are a series of before-and-after photographs - which (starting with the second one below) will fade between "on" and "off" when clicked. Let me state that again, since I know not everyone reads the whole intro here - starting with image #2 below, click on the image to see an animated fade between "on" and "off". This effect requires javascript to be enabled. (17 photos total)

A combination of handout pictures shows a view of the Taipei 101 building before and after (L-R) Earth Hour in Taipei March 28, 2009. More than 80 countries have signed up for Earth Hour on Saturday in which homes, office towers and landmarks will turn off their lights from 8.30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions. (REUTERS/Taipei 101/Handout)
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2772 comments so far...

OMG - I'm having a blast switching Las Vegas on and off. I want such a switch in real life!

Posted by BArmadillo March 30, 09 11:10 AM


Posted by SNAVEMAN March 30, 09 11:15 AM


Posted by tom delmont March 30, 09 11:16 AM

I'd like to know how much power was saved

Posted by Kurakensama March 30, 09 11:16 AM

#2 is a phenomenal shot, absolutely stunning.
I'm sure being on the strip in Vegas when the lights went out would have to be pretty surreal.

Posted by Brad March 30, 09 11:26 AM

Am I the only one who doesn't get excited by empty symbolism? 364 days a year, these corporations, cities and people don't do anything about climate change. Then they flick a switch for one hour, and feel like they're making a difference.

Posted by James March 30, 09 11:30 AM

The Wikipedia article on light pollution is excellent:

Our world is so over-illuminated.

Posted by Jon Mischka March 30, 09 11:32 AM

Now all we need is a shot from a satellite, to see if the overall effect made any difference...

Posted by Miss Outlier March 30, 09 11:34 AM

I love the pictures and the "clickable" option. But I hate these demagogical events...

Posted by titi March 30, 09 11:35 AM

Correction: The Shanghai photo shows Pudong, not The Bund. Though the photographer was on The Bund when the photo was taken.

Posted by Fraser Smith March 30, 09 11:36 AM

Maybe people will start to make this a regular routine? Sure, one hour isn't going to save much in the scope of things...but what about an hour every night....or even once a week? That might start to add up!
Love the big picture!!!!

Posted by julietip March 30, 09 11:36 AM
12. couldn't show the difference better. Great technique! This blog just keeps getting better...

I also wonder how much power was saved. The reports i read have different results

Posted by Sert March 30, 09 11:36 AM

James:No, you're not. It might be the grumpy-old-man syndrome, but for me this only shows the excess power use that goes on all year round.

Posted by Curiosity March 30, 09 11:38 AM

OMG this is the best

Posted by Juneau21 March 30, 09 11:39 AM

Here's a great novel (PDF, free download) on what life might be like in the plausible event that the entire United States power grid went down for an extended period:

We don't really realize how much we depend on our electricity.

Posted by Jon Mischka March 30, 09 11:40 AM

The photo comparison of the Las Vegas Strip was the most dramatic by far. Can we maybe get some more before and after "clickable" photos in the future...

Posted by Tim Roman March 30, 09 11:56 AM

This was a dumb idea - what next, stop using plastic bags for 1 hour?

Posted by w March 30, 09 11:57 AM

This was definitely one of the best posts i have ever seen on this site! The dimming was amazing, plus seeing that so many placed participated is great!
Still its surprising how lit up some places still appear after the lights are turned off!

Posted by nathalie March 30, 09 11:58 AM

How much power was saved?

Well, considering the amount used to organise the event, I doubt it was worth it.

Posted by Daaaveee March 30, 09 11:59 AM

WOW ! TBP is becoming the most sought after news site on Internet, amazing as always. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Jeffrey Jose March 30, 09 12:00 PM

More idiots to the trough. Now it's "climate change". When Global Warming didn't pan out, they simply made a catch-all for the socialist market intervention. Did the climate change last year? OH MY GOD, let's scare the hell out of people and start taxing them to death.
Read a book, people. Starting with "The Deniers" by Lawrence Solomon where leading experts in all fields of climatology debunk the hot air that Gore et al. have been spewing about man-made global warming. No wonder our schools are failing....we've got morons who buy into every fad, conspiracy theory, and lie that gets propagated by the Left.

Posted by Todd March 30, 09 12:03 PM

Way to go Toronto!

Posted by Jonathan March 30, 09 12:06 PM

Good job Toronto. I think 3 people turned lights out.

Posted by Robbie March 30, 09 12:09 PM

wow, the click to fade pics are cool

Posted by Dave Meehan March 30, 09 12:13 PM

The great thing about each pair of pictures is that you can simulate what happened at 9:30PM as each token gesture was finished. Just think of the dark pictures as "before" and the lit as "after -- and continuing until the next year's token gesture".

Posted by Frank Ch. Eigler March 30, 09 12:14 PM

i hope what they want to prove is what they wanna apply in their life.....dont just "show to the world we made change by switching of for an hour" what...if they only want to do it once(an hour) for each year...
niway....i'm acknowledge this event....just i hope this will make people realise n 'able' to apply to reality....not just hoping other people will do it for them....

Posted by EoneZ86 March 30, 09 12:15 PM

Curiosity: I think that's the point, exactly.

Posted by Zymurgeek March 30, 09 12:18 PM

How much power was saved?

Well, the same amount of energy would be generated, so the excess would just be shunted off somewhere else to be wasted as heat energy or something.
So, not much.

Good gesture though!

Posted by James March 30, 09 12:20 PM

I wanna see satelite

Posted by Betsy March 30, 09 12:22 PM

the click and fade is hotttttt.....but the whole save the earth thing is just retarted

Posted by Alex March 30, 09 12:25 PM

#16 - Form the looks of it, Jakarta turned off their street lights, too (as compared to just the "non-essential" lights in other cities)! Glad I wasn't trying to cross a street there at that hour. Hope nobody got hurt.

Posted by Choudoufu March 30, 09 12:26 PM

This post makes me realize how much energy goes into "painting" a building or landmark at night. Nutty.

Posted by ctrl March 30, 09 12:28 PM

It's a great idea to raise awareness. Really, I liked most of the "after" shots better! Things are too lit up at night!
I remember reading about the power outage last year in NY, & how for many New Yorkers it was the first time they'd seen the Milky Way. I thought that was incredibly sad.
Have you heard of the International Dark Sky Association ( They are trying to change things for the better, & starting to make inroads, one housing development at a time.

Posted by kyetaka March 30, 09 12:32 PM

Alright , finally some people that are literally to blind, hard headed, or just plain "Stupid"! to realize whats really going on , but at the same time, deep down inside of you all you do!;" Just commenting on this topic and thank you all for doing so! because.....
...."That gives me the oppertunity to possibally knock some real since into your brain's for once and NO I'm not taliking about MONEY! "First off people need to Stop building, Stop having children until futher notice, Stop with confertation ( considering it dont make a difference! And START thinking more! ( To yourselves )
"START" questioning everything, not just the things that are available because it they are the topic of descussion. "Dont do things because you think others will find you Cute, smart or whatever you "THINK", Think for yourself, because in the end you and I and Everyone has to look out "For Number # One and that my friends is "You, and Me and everyone else on our own private and secure way we are all really thinking and you all know this to be true. No offense, I'm just trying to get all the people in this world on one page again, but come to think about it; it is propbably close to impossible, because everyone is intirely to hard headed and just wont "At least" admitt when someone else has a better solution then themself and instead of letting them inforce thatt idea, they would rather, continue with what it is that is wrong cause the power issue is mainly the freaking issuse with American esspeally and yopu all know what i'm saying, admitt or not. i know there are minor mistakes/typo's here and there (at the end) but this page or my cpu was glitching at the bottom of my screen, so there that should handle any or all objections.

Posted by Amber Alexander, Glendale,AZ March 30, 09 12:40 PM

I wonder if Time Square In NYC turned off. That would be a sight. I think #15 was the most dramatic.

Posted by MJBose March 30, 09 12:41 PM

There are over 100 excellent tips on residential and automotive energy conservation in this user-editable list:
I guarantee you haven't heard them all!

Whenever considering environmental legislation, you must also consider the Rebound Effect: Sometimes the legislation actually *increases* overall resource use due to something known as the Jevons paradox.

Posted by Jon Mischka March 30, 09 12:49 PM

I think the cities are prettier without all those bright lights.

Posted by Lesley G March 30, 09 12:51 PM

oh yeh and one more thing, who ever said that las vegas had the most derastic difference of all the places, should go and review them again becuse Greece had the biggest effect of us all.

Posted by AmberAlexander Gln,Az March 30, 09 12:52 PM

Considering the amount of energy sucked up for the 'special event' in LA for the token 'lights out' hour, probably would have been better off not doing it at all. Though I see the point that it is more to raise awareness than to make a difference with that one hour.

Posted by BB March 30, 09 12:52 PM

James-Imagine how much power was saved in just that one hour? It DOES make a difference.

Posted by Christina March 30, 09 12:53 PM

As usual, the pictures are awesome. Thanks!
I turned all my lights on to protest of the global scam of the green Nazis

Posted by dave March 30, 09 12:54 PM

Um so to those who say it's a silly gesture, these organizations aren't green friendly, etc. Please read the mission of the event. It's not about how much is saved, as we all know only 1 hour isn't going to do much in the grand scheme of things. It's about the discussion. The point of it was to say "OK, so people care about it" and use that as a jumping point for people to think about it. It's supposed to hit just the baseline, not to those who think about the environment everyday. I totally don't think it isn't the most powerful gesture it COULD be, but what would you do that's more powerful that all these organizations would also all AGREE to. I'm a skeptic but I think if it actually does generate conversation, you should argue on whether or not the discussion is worth it, not the gesture.

Posted by R P March 30, 09 12:55 PM

All you cynics who think this is only a gesture underestimate the power of images to educate and help people understand the idea that collaboration to reduce use will make a long-term difference if we do it for more than one hour a year. See? that wasn't hard, was it?

Posted by Joanna March 30, 09 01:02 PM

No matter what, Las Vegas is not going to turn their lights of for anything, there would have to be a power outage!
It would cost Millions of dollars for these resorts to do something like this!
It's highly unlikely!

Posted by Elizabeth March 30, 09 01:16 PM

Awesome pictures!!!
I think this helps us have some sort of knowledge on how much energy is used to make a city "look nice" at night. Hopefully more cities will add to this movement in years to come.
A little note... On the title it says "Saturday March 29th", when it was actually the 28th.

Posted by Nestor March 30, 09 01:17 PM

It's soooooo cool to use the fade-out-option! Thanks for this gallery! Great!

Posted by Mareike March 30, 09 01:20 PM

A good cause. an act like this maybe seems to mean nothing. But means. Shows us how we find good heart people in the world, worried not about only themselves, but with all the human kind.

Posted by Alex Rodrigo Nunes March 30, 09 01:32 PM

Great post! I'd love to see a click/before/after of shrinking glaciers and ice around the world.

Posted by Glen March 30, 09 01:34 PM

Absolutely awesome pictures, thanks for posting these.

Posted by Bronson March 30, 09 01:36 PM

Leaving the political statements out of this, the fading images are a fantastic addition to this site's portfolio.

Is it sad that I really enjoyed clicking the cities on and off to see the difference?

As far as light polution, look carefully at image #3. No additional lights are turned on in the second image, yet the street before the Acropolis goes from looking dark to brightly lit. The Acropolis has so much lights that it drowns out the lesser illumination.

Posted by Dave March 30, 09 01:41 PM

@Amber Alexander

People won't ignore you because they're hard headed, or because of your typos. They will ignore you because your entire comment was an incoherent rambling which no one will understand. I would be refuting you right now if I understood what you were saying, but I couldn't make a bit of sense out of it. Listen, just enjoy the pretty pictures and stop trying to change everyone.

Posted by Ben March 30, 09 01:42 PM

Congats for the fade-out-option! Great!

Posted by Tiago Carandina March 30, 09 01:44 PM

Question for Alan Taylor -- In order to achieve this layout, did you specifically make a request of AP/Reuters photographers around the world to take identical 'before' and 'after' photos, e.g. with a tripod / remote shutter release? Or is this a common enough practice that you had plenty of examples to choose from? Just curious...

Posted by Thom Brooks March 30, 09 01:51 PM

Beautiful photos!

It's unfortunate that Earth Hour is just feel-good propaganda: "Okay, we celebrated Earth Hour! Back to business as usual" (in this case slowly destroying the planet).

It's kind of like Earth Day: "Whee! I got all conscious about the Earth and stuff today, but I'll go back to being wasteful tomorrow."

Earth Hour and Earth Day should be combined next year. Participants should spend an entire day in the Arctic Ocean swimming from one ice flow in search of another. Those who drown will have empathy for the Polar Bears who are dying because human beings are melting the ice caps. Maybe corporate CEOs and major Shareholders should be the first in the water. The symbolism of drowning (in our own pollutants) would be very profound.

Maybe that's an event that would have an impact beyond a single day and it would make for some great photos.

Posted by Jimbo March 30, 09 01:53 PM

"click to fade" feature is great! I love it.

Posted by robert ivan March 30, 09 01:53 PM

How many people were robbed during this event, because of lack of lights?

Posted by Joop de Microob (Netherlands) March 30, 09 01:54 PM

This is just awesome!
Thanks a lot!

Posted by Emilien March 30, 09 01:55 PM

I am astounded at how lit up all these places are normally.

Posted by Dragonwebb March 30, 09 02:00 PM

@Thom Brooks: You asked if I requested photographers to take before/after photos, or if they were just available.

I didn't request them, but found a large number of before-after images coming across the wires, noticed that a good number of them appeared to line up pretty well, so set about putting this entry together. Most of the images needed to be scaled/rotated slightly to improve the match. Image #2 above was the only perfect match from the start.

Posted by alan taylor March 30, 09 02:14 PM


Posted by hey March 30, 09 02:15 PM

Awesome event!


It didn't start in Sydney, Australia. It started in Auckland, New Zealand.

Posted by Anto March 30, 09 02:16 PM

heyyy, what about mexico d.f. or tokio?... nice pictures :)

Posted by xex March 30, 09 02:16 PM

It started in New Zealand (2,000 km east and 2 hours before than in Sydney). Anyway, not much substance.

Posted by Mike March 30, 09 02:29 PM

Great pictures, great climate action. Here are some nice movies gathered from all over the world:

Posted by Erik van Erne, Milieunet Foundation March 30, 09 02:34 PM

awesome , spectacular, love turning the lights on and off..

Posted by James Monaghan March 30, 09 02:35 PM

I've been reading everybodies comments. Look, people should NOT be SO NEGATIVE! If everyone stopped worjing on their ideas we wouldnt have electricity,cars, phones,planes, computers.... ect. We should start to beleive in other people. I DO believe in Global Warning. We put alot of stress on our planet. we should start doing more and everything starts from something.So KUDOS to the ones that didnt critizise or look the other way. But had faith and believed in helping out.

Posted by Stephanie March 30, 09 02:44 PM

Hong Kong and Pudong already turn the lights off over night. Once it hits like 11pm the skyline is dark until the next sundown........ Seriously, that wasn't a big stretch for them, they already turn off their lights.

Posted by C Barrette March 30, 09 02:45 PM

get more get more ! ! !

Posted by Denise H B.C. Canada March 30, 09 02:46 PM

HA!~ Look at me! I turned off the Eiffel Tower! lol. Great cause; and, as always, great pics.

Posted by lightsonlightsoff March 30, 09 02:51 PM


Posted by James March 30, 09 02:54 PM

i love boston it is just like new york

Posted by sylvia salcedo March 30, 09 02:59 PM

these pics are cool!!! i never seen these pictures on a saterday

Posted by rebecca rondeau March 30, 09 03:04 PM

Sorry, I miss read the first phrase, it's the event that started in Australia in 2007, it didn't say that the first city last Saturday was Sydney.

Sorry for that!

Posted by Anto March 30, 09 03:11 PM

the 10th pic is so cool i

Posted by lucia at academy March 30, 09 03:13 PM

i really think its awesome.i want to be in paris at night

Posted by jocelyn leger March 30, 09 03:14 PM

i really think its awesome.i want to be in paris at night

Posted by jocelyn leger March 30, 09 03:14 PM


And great 'click on' implementation.

Love it!

Thanks for sharing... again!

Posted by Mau March 30, 09 03:16 PM

Sorry some people don't like the "symbolic effect" but I think the truth is that there are people out there who wouldn't learn or hear anything about things like wasted electricity and light pollution if it wasn't put into the main stream. The purpose isn't to save 1 hour of electricity, which is a benefit, it's a wake up call! Much of the population has become greedy and wasteful in a multitude of different ways, so Earth Hour is just a tiny way for the WORLD COMMUNITY to say wake up and look around you! If everyone believed it was pointless like some of these people do, the word would never get around and nothing would ever get done.

Posted by AKP March 30, 09 03:17 PM

Very cool Alan! Nice work.

Posted by Greg Harris March 30, 09 03:17 PM

it is really cool and dark. I LOVE BOSTON.

Posted by sam at ACADEMY March 30, 09 03:19 PM

absolutely awesome! we can actually see how we people of various countries can be united and work together symbolically towards a common goal.

Posted by lamb March 30, 09 03:20 PM

To the people complaining about light polution. Yes, it's a big problem, but the Acropolis picture isn't a good example. The reason why you can see more of the background and foreground lighting when the main lights are turned off is because without the LARGE subject being lit in the center, you have to have a longer exposure time. This means that MORE light will reach the film (or in the case of a digital, the CCD Sensor) and they will look brighter. A simple way to check this is to extract the EXIF data from the images and see the exposure times.

Oh, and coming from someone that lives 30 miles away from NYC, Light Polution does suck.

Posted by Mike March 30, 09 03:21 PM

I wish they would even just turn them off for part of the night, from 2 AM on, every night. Such a waste!

Posted by CB March 30, 09 03:27 PM

I'm going to spend all day on my electricity consuming computer and play with the green website.

Posted by Bozo Mann March 30, 09 03:28 PM

Wasn't anybody afraid of aircraft collisions? I noticed a few tall buildings were invisible.

Posted by Dean Pawlik March 30, 09 03:28 PM

"Good job Toronto. I think 3 people turned lights out."

Too be fair it is a really bad angle of Toronto to see the effect of Earth Hour. You have the docks, large parking garages, Lakeshore and the Gardiner to the forefront of the picture, All of which can't have light turned off for safety reasons. The effect at Dundas Square was actually quite large.

Posted by hypatia March 30, 09 03:31 PM

Why is it that negative people always leave their useless comments because ther are discontent with the world! if you dont have nothing good to say, just dont say anything and enjoy the beautiful images. from my part, i thought this was a wonderful idea and it's great to see people all over the world joining one cause. My parents made a thing of it.....they had their 5 grandchildren over and had a picnic in the backyard! the kids all helped turn off the lights while my dad explained to them that we were doing it to let the "earth breath" for a bit. i agree that turning off the lights for 1 hour doesn't do much, but the impact that it left on my nephews who are the next generation was everlasting!!! We still have hope that they can make a change!!

Posted by Brenda March 30, 09 03:47 PM

Earth Hour sucks. I left all my lights on.

Posted by Nick Davis March 30, 09 03:48 PM

Toronto Power consumption dropped by 15%

Posted by Adam March 30, 09 04:02 PM

The overall change in light pollution in Toronto was pretty dramatic (assuming that the pictures were taken at about the same time).

Posted by Lunco March 30, 09 04:03 PM

any chance some sattelites caught images from space? imagine watching entire regions darken...

Posted by Brian March 30, 09 04:06 PM

I experienced once more the apathy and ignorance of both people and Governments.

On the other hand must of the children showing more consciousness of the situation, they are the true savors of the planet.

Also I was wondering why should we wait another year to do this, can we do it monthly, weekly or even daily?

Posted by Marco Berges March 30, 09 04:16 PM

Pictures were ok. Nothing to get all excited over the like the dog sleds or the naked old guy standing thigh deep in a frozen pond chopping ice. Now , if everybody were to cut down on using power, wouldnt that kind of screw the poor people? I mean, the power componies of the world are in it to make money first, supply power second. So if everybody cuts there usage 20%, then that would mean a loss of revenue of x amount, and considering the power companies still have to pay their bills, then they have to make up the differance somewere. So that would probably mean raising the rates, and if your a poor person, God bless you, with no kids, 1 kid or a whole bunch of kids, then you have to come up with money to pay for this feel good jesture. of course, I am probably wrong, just my humble opinion. thank you. p.s. my goal is to have the same carbon footprint as Mr. Al Gore. Please forgive any grammatical errors.

Posted by raul briseno March 30, 09 04:27 PM

I definitely accidently left my christmas lights on... oops...

Posted by graeme March 30, 09 04:33 PM

I meant to say "most of the children" I apologize.

Posted by Marco Berges March 30, 09 04:36 PM

Earth Hour has prompted the businesses of downtown Chicago to turn off unneccessary lights every night from now on.

Posted by Amy March 30, 09 04:38 PM

Nice pictures. Useless symbolism. Every two Google searches for "Earth Hour" uses the same amount of electricity required to boil a kettle of water.

Posted by Mr. B March 30, 09 04:46 PM

Most of Toronto's power is hydroelectric anyway, folks, so they're not contributing to global warming so much.

Posted by M. March 30, 09 04:46 PM

Nick Davis, "Your lights are on but nobodys home" ;p You are a classic example of why Earth Hour exists. To build awareness of this ongoing issue.

BTW: Beautiful photos + fx

Posted by Mark Magnusson March 30, 09 04:46 PM

A nice start--I was sad to hear that Nickelodeon had a kids awards with laser lights and flashing electronics during the whole EARTH hour simultaneously telling kids to be green!!!!

Anyway, the real place for kids to learn to be green: (Created in Boston)

Great earth hour message: An Hour Without Power To A Lifetime!

Posted by Bostonian March 30, 09 04:49 PM

Lots of fun. I turned a few extra lights on in protest. What global warming there may be is part of a 10,000 year old cycle of warming since the last great ice age. Humans have nothing to do with it and so far lack the power to do anything about it. Real science will tell you this if you take the time to look up both sides of the argument. What the Green Fascists may succeed in doing is slowing the progress of the world economy sufficiently to doom tens of millions of human beings to an early death. Much as today we scorn that other group of Utopian Socialists who longed to build a Germany freed from the chains of guilt and fear, future generations will curse the Al Gores and all of the legions of willing dupes that followed them.

Posted by Edwin Loftus March 30, 09 04:51 PM

very cool effect! Great job!

Posted by Eugene March 30, 09 04:54 PM

Thanks for the beautiful photos and the fade off/on effect; fun and informative.

What I was left with was: why don't we turn these lights off all the time, or at least from 2AM until 6 AM? Duh!

If we just start by not using things we don't even need, we will go a long way toward relieving suffering and having a beautiful and still a bit wild planet for ourselves and descendents to live on.

Posted by Sura Charlier March 30, 09 05:02 PM

to hour is something which last time i check is better than nothing

Posted by kwame March 30, 09 05:13 PM

Hi, I wonder if photograps were taken from the ISS, anyone knows about it?


Posted by Juan Manuel March 30, 09 05:13 PM

Wow, i'd almost missed the off/on effect. That is great, thanks!

Posted by pete March 30, 09 05:14 PM

very cool

Posted by natasha Lewis March 30, 09 05:15 PM

I agree with post 99, these lights are not necessary at all, who cares if you building isn't lit up

Posted by w March 30, 09 05:16 PM

Great job ...!!

I dont know how many time I have complimented you guys .....!!! thats still not enough... you guys are just amazing.....!

Posted by sameen March 30, 09 05:17 PM

To all the people sending their prayers, I suggest you send a donation to the city, red cross, or the national guard. Prayers are good, but I don't see the residents of the city sitting on their asses and praying to be saved from the river - they are out there building dikes and busting their asses to save their homes. If you want to help, help them in a way that does more than makes you feel good.

Posted by Anton March 30, 09 05:18 PM

Really cool photos!!!... and a little step for the humanity :)

Posted by Sigrid March 30, 09 05:19 PM

@ Mr. B

While I agree that it is only symbolism, don't discount the power of a symbol. Furthermore, the idea that a google search requires enough energy to boil half a kettle of water is false, one of those internet rumors that got out of hand. See Yes, I realize this is coming from the horses mouth, but boiling water is a relatively high energy process, google's number are much more reasonable.

Posted by Capt. America March 30, 09 05:19 PM

Incredible display. Thank you for it and let's do this again, everyone!

Posted by E.Mrja March 30, 09 05:20 PM

I love how people get all worked up over: "Let's pretend we're a third-world country" night.

Posted by frgough March 30, 09 05:22 PM

As mass globalized coordinated ecoawareness efforts go, that's pretty impressive.

And good showing vegas!

Posted by Mark March 30, 09 05:23 PM
116. terrorists switched off Copenhagen as well.

Posted by Kristian March 30, 09 05:23 PM

I love how Shanghai's night sky is a reddish hue from all the pollution.

Posted by Len March 30, 09 05:29 PM
118. Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur? the list is not complete without that imo

Posted by mo March 30, 09 05:31 PM

This was the worst photo they could have chosen for Toronto.

It missed 1/2 the financial district and focused mainly on waterfront condos.

In total it is showing about 10% of the skyline.

Posted by john March 30, 09 05:33 PM

Capitalism run... they want to save the planate earth yah right... they make me the planate my....

Posted by Fade March 30, 09 05:36 PM

that hour resulted in enough babies in nine months to wipe out any savings in electricity for 100 years

Posted by taximan March 30, 09 05:46 PM

Hey Todd! Your post started very well: I hate catch-all "let's-all-jump-on-board-the-trendy-cause" type names like "climate change," and I hate pretentious trendy causes when most people go home and blog 24/7 on their power-sucking computers about an event meant to save energy... but...

You lost me when you turned into a nonsensical, ultra-conservative jerk who refuses to pull his head out of his own you-know-what long enough to realize that global warming is indeed a very real and very PROVEN scientific problem.

Does a wacky event like this help? Who knows. Like one person above said, the energy expended to PROMOTE this event effectively negated any energy it may have saved. lol

Posted by Jack March 30, 09 05:49 PM

Stupid environmentalists!!! I hope you know that the earth didn't save any power during you little Earth hour. Why? Because when the hour was over, and everyone powered back up at the same time, the energy companies had huge power surges, which in most cases used more electricity than if you all were to do nothing at all.

Way to go Libs!!!

Posted by dude March 30, 09 05:51 PM

Nice to see more stars at night, when part of the "sky-glow" effect was gone.

Posted by Dark Sky Association March 30, 09 05:54 PM

OK, so now that the hour to save the planet has come and gone, is the planet now saved? Can we get on with solving the rest of the world's problems now that the Big One is out of the way?

Say, a Poverty Hour where nobody spends any money, or a Hungry Hour where we don't eat food for 60 minutes? Surely that will be the answer we're looking for!

Sign me up!

Posted by JP March 30, 09 05:57 PM

Pictures are amazing and Earth Hour has at least got people disucssing the issue , even if they felt it was a waste of time!.

Posted by Chris March 30, 09 05:58 PM

i only need to say OH MY GOD!!!!!!

Posted by I DONT KNOW March 30, 09 06:06 PM

Hey Todd, I get tan in a day now and I am Irish American and very pale. When I was younger it would take weeks to work up a tan. I attribute this to the ozone layer depleting. It's happening so you can either put your head farhter in the sand more than you already have or pull it out and get educated, read other books. I don't even need to read them nor did I watch "An Inconvenient Truth" to know it's happening (Global Warming). Time to make some changes to help elevate what is happening to this our great earth! I think this is a step in the right direction.


Posted by Fiona Nolan March 30, 09 06:06 PM

Some people will never learn until their hair catches fire. Of course the UN, the vast majority of the world's scientists and most world leaders must be out to get us! They are shapechanging reptiles from another dimension after all...

Posted by Anders March 30, 09 06:13 PM

In response to post 64:

I don't know about Pudong, but Hong Kong definitely does not turn off the lights after 11pm. You could go out to Victoria Harbour at 2am and look at the nice haze of light pollution (and I do mean haze) coming from the stretch of buildings all along Hong Kong Island. The fact that they turned the lights off at all is impressive.

Posted by E. Mak March 30, 09 06:15 PM

There was no Earth Hour... I watched a copy of Watchmen on my HDTV and the special effects were so epic that lights all around the world just started to fail.

Posted by Saltee Johnson March 30, 09 06:15 PM

perfect !!!! congrats world !

We can do even beatter !

Posted by Andre Schuartz March 30, 09 06:16 PM

Awesome pictures!! Congrats to the everyone who joined in this year. I'll be seeing you next year!

Posted by Michelle March 30, 09 06:22 PM

To keep the momentum going, we're doing weekly Earth Hours at 8:30 every Monday. It's nice to read by candlelight and enjoy a quieter earth for an hour.

Posted by Eve, Washington D.C. March 30, 09 06:23 PM

I am totally blown away by the efforts of so many people and Governments in so many nations to take part in such an important event. I am a bit saddened by the lesser efforts in the U.S. I am currently in New Orleans and I noticed no discernable difference in lighting especially on Bourbon Street.

Posted by Rick Sulier March 30, 09 06:23 PM

"dude" - you are a moron. So you're tight with the energy companies, huh? They called you and let you know about all the "power surges" they were having nation-wide?

You, just like all of your ultra-conservative counterparts who think global warming is just something Al Gore made up, are idiots. While the rest of us are out trying to make a difference in how we treat this planet and the people that inhabit it, negative hate-mongers like you will spewing your vile rhetoric on the sidelines, trying as hard as you can to make this world a hateful, negative place. Do you really feel better being such an uneducated, negative human being?

PS. Are you and your ultra-conservative buddies aware that their are Republicans and Evangelical Christians who are supporters of the Green Movement? Probably not, because your heads are so far up your a$$ that all you can see is your own $hit.

Posted by liberation March 30, 09 06:26 PM

In Picture number four of the Cube... The streets get closer when the cube turns off???? what am i seeing?

Posted by Mike LJ March 30, 09 06:29 PM

The pictures were Awesome, Thank you for wonderful it is for the whole world to get in on something we all value...Our Earth!!

Posted by Sandra March 30, 09 06:30 PM

This was an awesome event. We need to save our planet and we need to save it right now. Any energy saved was worth the effort. Also, it will bring about awareness that wastefulness is a sin. Even the right wing fanatics must admit that their religious teachings espouse this.

Don't let the opposing fanatics deter you from doing the right thing. Save energy, save the Earth. Save ourselves and our children from our previous misdeeds.

Posted by Biff March 30, 09 06:30 PM

SEEMS like a good idea, but could have had a FAR GREATER impact if STREET LIGHTS were ALSO turned off.

As far as raised awareness is concerned, people from the '60s tried to do something, but the generation of that time eventually cut their hairs and got employed in oil companies, thanks to countless police custodies !!

Posted by Shen Nong March 30, 09 06:30 PM

great find alan!

the london parliament one is looking to be my favorite...

Posted by freshouttatime March 30, 09 06:33 PM


Posted by Mauro De Giorgi March 30, 09 06:33 PM

Beautifu pics, im so proud of everyone!...this shows me that we can make a difference globally. Go Earth Hour!!!

Posted by Rukie Wilson March 30, 09 06:34 PM


Check your attitude - the lights are out.

Posted by Sheryl March 30, 09 06:34 PM

Awesome pics!

Posted by Sal March 30, 09 06:34 PM

Yes, you guys are saying "Cooooooooooooool"

But wait a seconds, are you saying cool to the turning-off-lights movement? Or the amazing LIGHTNESS that is even more beautiful when the compared to the DARKNESS?

I think people are saying "cool" to those power consumption LIGHTS, only after a huge comparison with turnning-them-off.

Posted by nobody March 30, 09 06:35 PM

The pictures made me cry.
That is a good thing.
We need to really start solving the problem,
but "holding hands" in this way is a start.
The Earth is more important than anything I can imagine,
so my heart goes out to anybody trying to help the Earth.
You have my hand in yours.

Posted by Jennifer Braverman March 30, 09 06:36 PM




Posted by Pat March 30, 09 06:39 PM

The pictures are a concluding fact, that people waste so much energy for "lighting".
to light up buildings just for show in the evening hours is quite crazy and anyway,
if God made night to be dark, why are we lighting it so much. And if you are worried about being robbed, stay home.

Posted by Jackson March 30, 09 06:39 PM

Hey Todd (and other AGW deniers), note that the scientists in "The Deniers" by Lawrence Solomon book turn out not to actually be deniers!
Check out a review, if you don't want to read the book

We should turn the earth hour into the earth 12 hours and make it every night.

Posted by Pooky March 30, 09 06:39 PM

You can believe what you want but I think it was a great idea. It taught my children that we need to turn off the lights or the tv when they are not in the room. It doesn't have to be for global climate but if this happened more often there will probably less rolling blackouts in the summer. My kids thought it was fun to play board games by flashlight and we ended the night with a book. my 7 year old has asked if we could do this every them it is creating more family time because all four of us were together instead of everyone in different rooms watching tv.

Posted by leslie March 30, 09 06:40 PM

Happy Earth Day, Mother and what a wonderful world it is, peace to all no matter how small.

Posted by Vicky Davis March 30, 09 06:40 PM

Todd id obviously a moron

Posted by John March 30, 09 06:40 PM

Well the governments have done their part to save the planet, now its your turn. Pay your carbon credits, the richer you are the more luxurious life you deserve. Ride a bike to the government kitchen facility and eat your genetically modified vegetables full of poisions that make you sterile. You want a child? What are you, conservative NUT? Sex is free, children are NOT! Dont you know how hard it is to raise them into responsible adults not to mention how much carbon credits it cost, let me see your credit balance, SORRY but you cant afford that carbon monster growing in your belly we will have to abort it HOWEVER if you sign this document allowing us to use parts of it for research you will get some hormone treated meat in your trough the next 3 months.

Posted by Hans Svensson March 30, 09 06:40 PM

Here in Singapore more lights were lit instead. We realised one can get more electricity cheaper if other people use less. We know how to earn money here!

Posted by Singapore Slim March 30, 09 06:42 PM

I needed to do about an hour's study. It was really fun doing it by candlelight!

Posted by Janet March 30, 09 06:43 PM

To all the nay sayers out there...we have one planet, but it's in trouble and it's time that you start thinking about more than can't take it with you btw...I find it really amazing that people, for whatever reason, don't want to help the environment..or just don't give a sh** about it..sounds very selfish, but these are the same people who want to visit yellowstone and the Florida keys...etc... you don't get's your responsibility too to help protect them. We can't live on big oil and need to change this for all of our benefit! Wake up!

Posted by Harry March 30, 09 06:43 PM

It just felt good to be a part of a global initiative. It's a break from the ordinary and good family time.

Posted by Eve March 30, 09 06:44 PM

Wow I am very surprised to see so many people saying that they DO NOT believe in global warming for various reasons. If they really believe that then why in the world are they at a site like this??? If I had no worries about it because I knew it was not true than I would not was my time or energy posting things about it. I don't get that. These people are focused on it there they feel some connection to the subject. Peace and Love to all. I Pray for Health and Joy for every soul on the earth. Blessings, Jill

Posted by jill shilling March 30, 09 06:44 PM

For those of you who do not believe that some of these cities did not turn off their lights. You are wrong and should get your facts straight before you say something stupid. For those of you who do not care about environmental care... then why are you even leaving a comment? No one cares about Your opinion here. For those of you who appreciate and actually participated in Earth Hour. Good for you, unlike others, you are actually taking action instead of sitting on your lazy ass and complaining.

Posted by Elo March 30, 09 06:44 PM

Bravo to everyone who took part in Earth Hour! THANK YOU! My husband and I did our part--turned off all of our lights and removed anything still attached to the "grid." That simple act multiplied many times over--made a HUGE difference.

Why can't we do this more often? Perhaps once a week?

Posted by Christine March 30, 09 06:44 PM

Way to go Jakarta! The only city I could see that actually shut off the street lights, too!

Posted by Rob March 30, 09 06:44 PM

Too bad this was during the NCAA basketball "Elite Eight" in America, so some people might have had all the lights out, but they were still using electricity to watch TV. These college athletes needed electricity on the indoor basketball courts.

Posted by Mitt Hamm March 30, 09 06:47 PM

I found the buildings, especially the old ones, to be more attractive in the natural evening light. They had an air of mystery and elegance. Perhaps this is the way it should always be.

Posted by Anne-Marie Johnson March 30, 09 06:47 PM

Muito, muito bom!!! Gosto muito de fotos e ver um trabalho desse é simplesmente de mais!!!!! Parabéns

Posted by Renato Rex!!! March 30, 09 06:47 PM

Wonderful idea well executed! Congrats!!

....but the cynical comments are so 'yesterday'.

Posted by WILLIAM I. GOLDSTEIN March 30, 09 06:48 PM

Comment 21: "More idiots to the trough. Now it's "climate change". When Global Warming didn't pan out, they simply made a catch-all for the socialist market intervention. Did the climate change last year? OH MY GOD, let's scare the hell out of people and start taxing them to death."

You deniers might have a lot more followers if you actually understood the definitions of 'Climate Change' and 'Global Warming' before criticizing them. It's still 'Global Warming', that has never changed, as the Earth's average temperature is rising. But there's also 'Climate Change' because some regions may experience colder than average temperatures or drought, or floods or rises in temperature as different microclimates in the world change in response to Earth's overall rise in temperature. These terms aren't in conflict with eachother like you presume. You should probably read a book before advising others to.

Posted by Derek March 30, 09 06:48 PM

117 different time zones Bozo!
Anyway, I thought the picture effects were waaay cool.
It was a really awesome feeling actually be part of the big picture in a very
big way. Not a waste of time. Little ears are listening. So go ahead and
use the little bit of energy from the comp. to influence the future.

Posted by Dayle March 30, 09 06:48 PM

I enjoyed participating. It feels good to be a part of something good. Everyone with the negative comments, I wish you happiness.

Posted by CL March 30, 09 06:48 PM

It's great to see that people are committed to something so meaningful, and it's specially awesome for me to see my home town Lima - Perú be a part of this great event.
¡los peruanos unidos lograremos el cambio!

Posted by ChOcO March 30, 09 06:50 PM

Really worried about a lot of the folks that post comments, too (as in too much is with two (2) O's and off (as in switched off) is with two f’s. I am sure that they just cannot grasp the concept of Global Warming.

The whole point of the hour was to reinforce the impact that we have on our environment and that it is easy for us all to limit this impact.

Simple things can help prevent a climate catastrophe; if we reduce the average CO2 emissions to around 1.3 metric tons per person on the planet by 2050. This is the only way to ensure that global temperatures do not increase by more two degrees Celsius.

Try switching off (and unplugging the charger) of your computer for the 14 hours a day that you don’t us it – impact? The same as doing (or not doing) 60 loads of washing per year.

Posted by Tony Naylor March 30, 09 06:50 PM

Great pictures and interesting comments. To all the "no problem with the climate"
people, may your children not have to suffer for your "hide my head in the sand and party until the end " attitude.

Posted by Ann March 30, 09 06:51 PM

So what you're saying, Todd, is that being enthusiastic about conservation is negative?

Because as I see it, "global warming," as it may have originally been dubbed, has changed in the people's eyes quite quickly. In fact, I think it's pretty darn cool that regular people - not "environmentalists," as they were once grouped - are shopping with eco-friendly grocery bags and making sure the lights are turned off when they are not using them.

Who cares what the "left" say? Stop pidgeon-holing and start being a part of something larger than yourself.

Posted by Sara March 30, 09 06:52 PM

Denial. Why?

Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 06:52 PM

Great Shots! For those who think this event was "stupid" and "dumb", Don't Hate! Participate! You might live a healthier life and not be as stressed. Thank you for wasting your time and reading this.

Posted by Juan March 30, 09 06:52 PM

We appreciated the chance to participate in something with other people around the world, and to share the ideas behind conservation and environmental awareness with our children and our in-laws, who happened to be visiting. It might seem like a "token", but I believe that it is an important part of raising awareness and socializing these ideas, and I love that it's something even our 2-year-old and 4-year-old can participate in. We did it last year and look forward to next year too, along with our other efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Posted by Audrey March 30, 09 06:53 PM

For all of you who enjoyed seeing what the human race can accomplish in attmepting to keep our Earth healthy, my hat is off to you, and let's keep it up.

For those of you who believe there is no climate change going on, shame on you, perhaps you need to pull your heads out of the sand and take a look at the scientific evidence.

The future depends on intelligence, understanding, and compassion. Get some.

Posted by K. A. H. March 30, 09 06:55 PM

A BIG THANK YOU to every one for the big turn out ! WOW !!
Lets try to double the turnout for next year and by the way we have earth hour at least once a month at,my house,one hour a year does not seem enough to me,besides it is fun to have dinner or a glass of wine at candle light.

Posted by Viola Snell March 30, 09 06:56 PM

Most of the so called "thrid world countries "- India, Indonesia, etc - turn all electricity off for their entire city nightly, they also turn of the water......we civilized countries should take a lesson......and perhaps the more years we do this, and the energy saved calculations come in, maybe we will all wise up.....

Posted by My electricity is off every night March 30, 09 06:57 PM

Very cool people! Good job for those that participated! It goes to show the power of the people when we put our collective consciousness together. "Power of the People!!" Mahalo Australia for starting this movement and exercise to move as "ONE!" Looking forward to next year! Aloha No

Posted by Mapu March 30, 09 06:58 PM

To all those that think Earth Hour was a useless endeavour, w/ their negative comments, let's think of this: The world united to make a statement, that didn't involve terrorism, war, kidnapping or threats of death. I think it's a positive move to raise an issue, while it is still reversible...for our children, for our future, for the goodness of all.

Posted by Boomer N. Qureshi March 30, 09 06:59 PM

great! goose bums! cant wait to support it next year!!

Posted by kira March 30, 09 06:59 PM

Seems some people missed the point! The action probably saved minimum power if balanced with usage to set up the event. Possibly, it failed to change long-term behavior! BUT two accomplishments were acheved: the powers that be were given a message, and those proponents of saving the planet who are isolated and not connected to like-minded people can know that they are not alone! Thanks for the great photos!

Posted by barbara glass March 30, 09 07:00 PM

Where can we go on the internet to look at a satalite image if there is one?

Posted by kimberly March 30, 09 07:00 PM

Todd #21.. you sir are a moron! Every day there are fewer and fewer scientists that can or will deny the reality of global warming and the very real impact we humans have on this planet. I must say I have to dump you in with the deniers of the holocaust...let's chat in say 30 years...

Posted by percy March 30, 09 07:00 PM

Cool pictures, politically motivated and delirious idea.

Posted by SA March 30, 09 07:00 PM

I find it interesting that those prople who are writing these negative comments and insulting the people who just want to do something to make a change to Mother Earth keep misspelling their words . I guess it only shows that stupid is as stupid does. They are the reason the world is the way it is today, and it is the rest of the world who has to fix what they destroy. They are ignorant, useless human flesh. Sorta like a herrorhoid. Useless flesh that gives nothing but a pain in the butt. I turned out my lights and felt good about it. It might not be what these negative idiots want to hear but I just consider the source and smile.

Posted by kanona March 30, 09 07:01 PM

Hummm doesnt really look that impressive. Looks to me like there were a LOT of lights on. I couldn't tell

Posted by Sara March 30, 09 07:01 PM

we should do this more offen even if it does nothing but draw attention to where we are all understanding that we are all traveling together at a rapid speed on this little space ship shoud make all of us take notice...........

Posted by weldon March 30, 09 07:02 PM

Glad to be a part of this very good cause

Posted by Joan Campbell March 30, 09 07:02 PM

I think it all was nothing but a positive thing. So, to all the negative people commenting, take a good look at your electric bill and tell me you enjoy paying it.

Posted by matthew weible March 30, 09 07:03 PM

@57 alan: all those press photographers (except the one in hongkong) cant afford a tripod or dont know how to use one? poor guys.

Posted by grubernd March 30, 09 07:04 PM

This is really cool. It's exciting to see the entire World collaborating with this effort. The pictures are beautiful. Thank you Boston Globe!!!

Posted by kmucino March 30, 09 07:05 PM

GREAT JOB VEGAS!!!! I'm proud to call this place home!

Posted by Kym March 30, 09 07:09 PM

I would love to see some sort of satellite view from space of Earth Hour! We could really see the effect that way.

Posted by D'Wanna March 30, 09 07:09 PM

Too bad we can't see it from a satellite.
We turned off the lights for one hour and played a board game with neighbors by candle light - it's a lovely exercise in having a peaceful night. Why can't everyone just enjoy life?

Posted by Li & Nik March 30, 09 07:11 PM

Fantastic pictures and awesome effect. Seeing the light pollution drop dramatically was so cool. Delighted to see so many cities take part.

Stunned at the number of negative comments here. People .. if you don't "believe" the evidence of climate change then educate yourselves! BTW they changed the name from global warming because the name was confusing the pinheads who didn't understand that while the entire globe would warm, the resulting climate in different areas would change and get either warmer or colder.

Posted by Bev March 30, 09 07:11 PM

I'm proud join 60 earth hour....

Posted by leonita March 30, 09 07:12 PM

I think the idea is great, but I think the reasoning is wrong. We shouldn't be worry about global warming, because we don't know how much our greenhouse gas emissions are actually affecting it. If you think about it, when have we been collecting data on greenhouse gases? Only since we've been emitting them (correct me if I'm wrong), so how do we know that the current trend isn't natural? Of course, we need to be doing a better job of taking care of our planet, regardless of the global warming issue. And that is the real issue. I think that almost everybody can agree on that.

Posted by PJ March 30, 09 07:12 PM

Most of the sites pictured here look better with less lighting in my opinion. Nice job with the photos and dimming effect.

Posted by Carlito March 30, 09 07:12 PM

I'm in El Paso, Texas USA and the Star on Mount Franklin was turned off for Earth hour as well as the lights in the central downtown plaza square. This was an awesome event!

Posted by Dov E. Kupfer March 30, 09 07:13 PM

The ignorance encountered here is just a sad reflection of the selfish, greedy society we live in. Those of you who toot your horns with your ridiculous opinions have probably never been further than the nearest McDonalds and have absolutely no sense or experience of the real world outside your narrow minded, shallow lives.

If you can tear yourselves away from your TV's and video games, we might have a chance at saving the planet. Step outside, smell the roses, learn about the world around you.

Or maybe by picking up a thing called a "book" might be a good starting point?

After reading this however, I don't have much hope. God save us and the planet from these imbeciles!

Posted by Jackie March 30, 09 07:15 PM

10,000 years of human social evolution and what do we do.. live in the dark again, just like when we did in our caves.. what a travesty.

Posted by Burt March 30, 09 07:16 PM

It would be nice if they had photos from satellites or the International Space Station.

Posted by David Evans March 30, 09 07:16 PM

Anyone saying that global warming is not an issue and that people are not the main cause of it obviously haven't done any research. These are the people that love to argue for the sake of arguing. I am involved in sustainable design and development, and I have learned through the last five years (not just through my professors) that the majority of global warming is caused by us. We are starting to realize it and have started such things as the montreal and kyoto protocols (worldwide) but just looking at the data graphs through both ice core testing and collected data, one can see that there is a definite exponential trend when it comes to carbon levels and worldwide average temperature. The similar relation shows us that we are the cause, and this point is further proven by what we know about molecular properties in the field of chemestry. I don't believe everything I am told, but I can easilly come up with conclusions if the mast majority of scientists have the same view.

Posted by Mike Store March 30, 09 07:17 PM

Go Earth Hour!!! Sucha a cool idea! Im glad Esurance clued me in on the telly! Im participating every year from now on! Does anyone know if downtown Columbus happened to participate?? =[ probably not Ohios not cool enough=[

Posted by Arena March 30, 09 07:17 PM


Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 07:21 PM

Just a buncha pictures of cities...where's the lights out?

Posted by Joe March 30, 09 07:24 PM

wow.. great pictures..i hope all can continue..on 28th i was away from home and did not even notice..completely forgot. but i realized.. on 26th i did turn off all lights for 24 hours.. everyone in Bali island had turn off all lights for one whole day at Nyepi Day, i think we (all island) participate earlier.. :)
what do you think?

Posted by marcella March 30, 09 07:24 PM

Kind of sad that so many cynical people comment with so much scorn about a unified global response to an issue. Sure its only symbolic ,but the fact it got such a world wide response means that we can actually get the world to act in a unified way -as opposed to the self centered do nothing conservatives who are proposing very little to solve much these days!

Posted by John K March 30, 09 07:28 PM

Why would people make a point of logging on to this website just to put down the people who believe in this cause? I don't understand. If you don't believe in global warming then why are you logging on to this site in the first place? And if you believe by putting ALL your lights on that you have undermined the greater cause of Earth Hour, then you are greatly mistaken. All you have done is show how low you can go.

Go Earth Hour. I hope you can double your size next year.

Posted by Kevin Ketchman - Philly March 30, 09 07:29 PM

I'm really impressed at how many participated. I think it would be wonderful if we stopped all vehicle use (aside from emergency vehicles) for one day and used mass transit or bikes or walked...

If we don't do something now about global warming, well, to paraphrase -- our sins will fall on the heads of our children, grandchildren, etc.....

Posted by abby0802 March 30, 09 07:37 PM

I threw a candlelit party for 50 people in my house so that all of those homes had the lights out, too. It was really great and people were excited to participate. We also collected donations at the door. Just a suggestion for anyone to try out next year...

Posted by Sarah C. March 30, 09 07:37 PM

i wish morons were as honest in life as they are on the internet. that way we would know who to cull.

planet f$^%ers lay low because we will eat you. BOO!

Posted by justin March 30, 09 07:38 PM

It is amazing how an IDEA with so much good in it brings out the negativity and hostility in people that we live and share with on this earth.I guess it shows how many people were brought up with no manners or education but with ignorance and disrepect of others to say such mean cruel heartless things .I,m sure most parents never thought their legacy's would be so hateful and that they did a much better job of bringing thier children up ,guess not ! It actullay shows what the parents are really like AMAZING! WHAT A SORRY PLACE TO LIVE no wonder it is turning out this way

Posted by JOHN SAWULA March 30, 09 07:38 PM

Some have said that the power saved by doing this was negated by the power spent promoting it, and of course the subsequent turning of all those lights back on. That may be very true. Not going to say that it's not. But this wasn't about saving energy. If Earth Hour saved power, that's great. But the reality of it is that we probably didn't even make any noticeable change in the planetary power usage for the time.

The point was to send a message. Many politicians and policy makers who do not act on climate change don't because they believe there's not a large enough percentage of the people that care. Something like Earth Hour told them otherwise. It was /not/ an attempt to save power. It /was/ a very powerful, WORLDWIDE message.

And as for the 'global warming doesn't exist' is true that the warming of the planet is a /natural cycle/. But what is /not/ true is that humans aren't effecting it. We may have only been monitoring CO2 levels for a few decades, but we can and do test the CO2 levels from the past quite often. You can get the CO2 levels from 10,000 years ago through ice core samples. You also get the average planetary temperature that way. So we CAN and DO measure the CO2 levels from the past, beyond since we started monitoring our own current contribution.

Human impact on the planet's natural heating/cooling cycle is currently enough of an impact to completely reverse the entire cycle. Instead of gradually cooling once the planet reaches it's 'high point', it will shoot higher than nature alone would cause. And the effect of that is no gradual cooling, but a sudden drop in temperatures. From record highs, to the beginning of a full blown ice age within a SINGLE LIFETIME. Nature doesn't do that on its own.

Posted by Kathryn March 30, 09 07:39 PM

Very neat. It would be cool to see a satellite series on the event. Good show to everyone who stood together, and tried to show some positive action. I agree...some of the places looked far more beautiful with less light.
Thanks for letting me be part of a neat event.

Posted by patricia March 30, 09 07:40 PM

FABULOUS pictures! I can't wait till the next Earth Hour!!


Posted by Ariela March 30, 09 07:41 PM

good job world
Way to get together

Posted by Toboa Energy Resources LLC March 30, 09 07:42 PM

We should have Earth Hour EVERY month!

Posted by Ariela March 30, 09 07:42 PM

wow....I never realized how many idiots are in this world until I read all the negative comments. Suck it up ..we are the majority now...WE the people who believe in things, who care about things and who understand that ONE person can make a difference. Did it save much energy? Probably not after it was all said and done. But did it make a huge impact....OH YEAH.
For those of you who turned your lights on instead, realize that WE(the smart ones) knew you would. It's OK. We understand that your ignorance has just made you angry and bitter. .WE forgive you for being stupid!!!

Posted by Much Love March 30, 09 07:42 PM

Everyone's a critic, but most people aren't smart enough to be good at it...
First, Earth Hour is a publicity stunt. No one said it wasn't. But if it changes the behavior of just one person, it's worth it. The company I work for is now requiring every computer to be turned all the way off at the end of the day, thanks to the info we received as part of Earth Hour.
Second, if you don't believe that the Earth is warming faster than it should, you probably mistrust all science. So, presumably, you believe that cigarettes don't cause cancer, that the earth is flat, and that modern medicine is hokum. Thank you for not using the health care system.
Third, there was no energy surge when the lights came on. Searching on Google doesn't take the same amount of energy as needed to boil a pot of water. It may seem like common sense, but comments like these are not scientific in any sense.
Finally, those who are so quick to criticize should remember the old adage, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." We're going to save the Earth for humanity, whether you like it or not.

Posted by Rick March 30, 09 07:42 PM

Thanks for the wonderful pictures-and what a wonderful effort made by so many!I loved being part of it.

Posted by J. Audrey MacKinnon March 30, 09 07:43 PM

More should read "The Weather Makers," by Tim Flannery. It's objective and up to that point I didn't give much credence to the global warming theory. Unfortunately some are just blinded by politics.

Posted by Dave Kisor March 30, 09 07:44 PM

Dear "Todd" and "dude" and the other arrogant fools spilling your swill in response to a world-wide gesture created to inspire mankind to preserve our planet: Your ignorance oozes out of addled brains, through twisted fingers and ends up besmirching my screen. It's the same sorry rant as Rush's and Coulter's myopic and insipid babble. You live only to consume. You suck the life out everything and everyone. You sit on your asses and attack anything that shakes your comfy little conservative world. You deny what is evident all around you: that the environment is being crushed not only by the sheer mass of humanity, but -- in particular -- the ravenous consumption by "modern" society. Earth is a closed system. If you pump CO2, methane and other green house gases into the atmosphere while simultaneously destroying the systems (ie, rain forests, oceans) that neutralize them, we end up -- at a minimum -- drastically altering the environment. "Oh, it's just a natural cycle!" Yep, millions of tons of greenhouse gases being belched into the air by fossil-fuel based power plants in a 100 year time span is "natural". You are vestiges of the past. You impede the concerted, broad-based, action that humanity must immediately initiate to save your sorry butts.

Posted by John March 30, 09 07:48 PM

I think I was the only person in Albuquerque who turned off their lights, but I spent the time on the phone with my grandma, who lives one time zone down, and when it was 8:30 there I got her to turn off her lights, too, and we talked in the dark for another hour. I stood out on my deck and saw a shooting star.
And millions of people, who will spend their lives just doing what everyone else is doing, realized that everyone else is doing something new.

Posted by thea March 30, 09 07:51 PM

Wow. That is amazing. I am proud to have taken part in Earth Hour and have taken a stand against climate change. Whoever thought of that is a freaking genius!! Go Earth!!

Posted by Rebecca March 30, 09 07:52 PM


Posted by Matt Duffy March 30, 09 07:52 PM

Re Post #114

Hey, Captain Smart!

If you're going to write notes criticizing the attempts of others to make the Earth a better place, you might want to learn how to spell.



Posted by Regina Muir March 30, 09 07:56 PM

loved EARTH hour with one hour it could make a huge differnce.... i hate how people wait for god to save us well HA he's not because he is punishing/ mad at us because this world is a present to us and our respondsibality to take care of it.... and well we are showing god that we "the human race" are not responsible enough.....
but i bet if the world ends because of Global Warming then all the ignorant people will see that they were BIG time WRONG...... and they gonna try to do something good at that time and well it's going to be LATE
in a couple of years i'll be helping to clean this earth and tellling eveyone on howGlobal Warimg is effecting us.........

Posted by dany=] March 30, 09 07:58 PM

Awesome pictures! We really can do so much more to increase our efficiency. We need to stop producing so much waste.


Street lights are proven to reduce crime. This is a very dangerous event, as is evident by the lack of US cities involvement. US cities have more violent crime then any in the world. by more then 10 times, i dont think the US can participate as much because of the fear of crime. our world really does need a lot of help!

Posted by one step in the right direction March 30, 09 07:58 PM

WOW, PEOPLE! WE'RE ACTUALLY GETTING SOMEWHERE! Look, I don't know if global warming is because the world is warming up after the last ice age or if it's because of us, humans. I JUST KNOW THAT WE CAN'T BE TOO SURE. And to all the people who think an hour of lights off won't do anything... well, I don't want to sound like a know-it-all or anythig but... haven't you ever thought that maybe... just maybe... an hour is better than nothing? I mean COME ON! And I don't want to sound like a tree-hugger (there's nothing wrong with tree-huggers...), but don't you like LIVING? Yeah... I think it's pretty cool. Don't you say?

Posted by Cynthia Gonzalez March 30, 09 08:01 PM

Esta es el mejor ejemplo de la conciencia global. Unidos podremos hacer la diferencia. Gracias por la maravillosas fotografias. Sigamos adelante por el planeta

Posted by Marjorie Aguirre March 30, 09 08:02 PM

It does not matter how much energy earth hour saved or how much carbon was kept out of the atmosphere. What matters is that in one act, people around the world showed solidarity in addressing climate change caused by humans. It was a symbolic act. For all that accuse us environmentalists who participated in Earth Hour with claims that we didn't make a difference-it ruffled your feathers in the wrong direction, so maybe we ruffled a few feathers in the right direction. Big thanks to the World Wildlife Fund for putting this on. Think locally, act globally!

Posted by Chris March 30, 09 08:02 PM

I love this place!!!! Our beautiful World is moving in a positive direction at a rapid pace....

Peace and love,

Posted by Rene Baptiste March 30, 09 08:03 PM

It is so awesome to be a part of something so big!!!!! My children and I have taken part in EARTH HOUR 2009 AND 2008 AND WILL take part every year

Posted by Becky Cluck Lavaca Arkansas March 30, 09 08:03 PM

wow im so happy that i contributed!!!!...

Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 08:07 PM

I celebrated Earth Hour by not being home. I left home in the morning. I returned home well after Earth Hour was over. I wanted to do my part for Earth Hour, but I did not want to sit in the dark for one hour either. All the lights in my home were off as soon as I left to go out.

I have read several rude comments about celebrating Earth Hour. That is one of the problems with the world. A bunch of people contribute to a cause for there to be awareness of something very wrong "GLOBAL WARMING" and get severely bashed by others for their efforts.

Tell me, all you bashers out there, what is the harm in turning off the fricken lights for one fricken hour? Get a life jabronis...........................

Posted by John March 30, 09 08:08 PM

Where's Boston?

Posted by Ashley March 30, 09 08:12 PM

This was quite fun! I want to participate in other events not just gobal warming but the enviorment in general as well as support wild life reserves & care for our beloved critters be land or sea!

Posted by Gogandantes March 30, 09 08:14 PM


Posted by LYNN WATSON March 30, 09 08:14 PM

This was the second year we participated and we were able to gather more people to "come along for the ride". We were proud to part of this hour long mission and wish we would do more than one per year!!!

Posted by Katherine Swisher March 30, 09 08:17 PM

Wonderful pics, and really loved the click to dim the lights feature. Can't think of a better way to illustrate it!

For all the deniers (as well as the realists), I just have to ask why would you want to waste energy? Why not leave more lights off on a regular basis? If you're concerned about outdoor security a motion triggered light will do more than just leaving one on will anyway.

Posted by SPG March 30, 09 08:19 PM

Ah-mazing. Simply amazing.

Posted by Casey - NeuGreen LLC March 30, 09 08:21 PM

Beautiful pictures!!! Thank you for sharing.
It is nice that something is being done to save our Home.
I’m happy to make part of it. Count me on for future advents.
Congratulations to the person(s) that had such great idea.

Posted by Cina March 30, 09 08:22 PM

WTF WHERE ARE THEY PYRAMIDS !!!! and the sphinx !!!

Posted by chris March 30, 09 08:22 PM

Insane. The before pictures of LA and Vegas look like they were taken at 12noon. :S

Posted by Allie March 30, 09 08:22 PM

Beautifull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I agree this should be done every month!

Posted by Deb Lewis March 30, 09 08:23 PM

I was happy to do my part for Earth Hour. Thanks for the pictures they were amazing.

Posted by Linda Allen March 30, 09 08:25 PM


Posted by Omar E. March 30, 09 08:25 PM

my fiance and I turned EVERYTHING off for earth hour this year, we opened all the windows and the door to our porch. we had friends over and played board games was great to do something responsible for the earth for once!!! I cannot believe how many people actually did something to help out mother earth. Thank you everyone who particapated. for those who didnt, there will be an earth hour every year, but we can do so much to help during this year, turn off lights and electronics when not in use, we dont use air conditioning at our house (and we live in florida) we always turn our computer off at night and other gaming devices when we go to sleep at night and during the day when we are not home...all the little things help!!!! I think doing this every weekend is a great idea!!!! Here's to a happier and healthier earth!

Posted by Brandie Dunne March 30, 09 08:26 PM

On behalf of my myself and my two young children, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your commitment to our planet and their future!

With Deep Gratitude!!
Patrick, Hayden and Liam McMillan,
Denver, Colorado

Posted by Patrick McMillan March 30, 09 08:27 PM

I hope that when ppl start turning out lights for earth day, and they spend an hour adjusting to being without lights, they think about what all the unnecessary lights they could do without and then take some steps to cut down on their usage. If they are gonna just turn out the lights for an hour and then have them blazing again from the next day onwards, then the whole thing becomes kinda pointless.. Not meaning to be pessimistic, but I sincerely hope we can make turning out unnecessary lights a very natural part of our day to day life..

Posted by Avinash March 30, 09 08:28 PM

Me and a couple friends lit some candles turned of the flyers game and played we did race back to the game to catch the end.....GO FLYERS but after that continued the Yatzee by candle light!! It was cool and I can proudly say I participated!!

Posted by Dave in Philly March 30, 09 08:28 PM

Surprisingly, some of these pictures actually look better when the lights are off.

Posted by Zhuoshi March 30, 09 08:36 PM

These are absolutely beautiful photographs. I am definitely inspired to travel to some of the gorgeous landmarks featured above and moved even more to fight climate change so one day my children can also enjoy the same beautiful sites around our world. Unfortunately, these photos also show just how much unnecessary lighting (energy) is being used in a majority of these places everyday.

Posted by VShaw March 30, 09 08:44 PM


Posted by melissa frohrib March 30, 09 08:58 PM

imagine every night in darkness
every morning light
first take a look. then read a book. by the light of sun and clouds.

Posted by nn March 30, 09 09:01 PM

mahalo plenty.....really appreciated seeing these as the real picture here in Honolulu was very disappointing..........the lights were on.

Posted by ann March 30, 09 09:03 PM

Way to stroke your collective genitalia, world.
This has accomplished nothing. "Let's do it again NEXT year"? "Go Earth"?! The fact that so many people are feeling content - and talk it up to be something bigger than it was - is saddening to me, because too many people obviously don't feel the need to go any further. The comments claiming it was "fun" are the worst, because the point of this should not be entertainment.
Unless this moves to something that happens EVERY DAY, it is nothing but a method by which people can feel good about themselves, or at least artificially get rid of some of their guilt. What about alternative energy?!

Posted by i cannot believe this March 30, 09 09:04 PM

This was my family's first year to observe Earth Hour. I know that we're only one family, but I plan on spreading the word and hopefully having a more meaningful event in my home town next year.

Posted by Tracy March 30, 09 09:06 PM

Absolutely amazing. It would seem to make such a difference if just 1/4 - 1/2 of the lighting for some of these venues were toned down, especially "after hours". I'm proud do have taken part in Earth Hour and continue to do my part against climate change and conservation.

Posted by CB March 30, 09 09:06 PM

I wonder how many earth babies will come along in 9 months!!

Posted by Matt March 30, 09 09:08 PM

This was the 2nd year my family has participated. Now we try to do this for an
hour at least every month if not every week. For those who are still asleep to
to the climate change, just think of the money you'd be saving while doing
something positive for the future of our children. Maybe it will take hitting you in
in the pocket in the near future to wake you up.Meanwhile, I talk up all the ways we can do our part to everyone I know. You know, walk the walk, talk the talk, practice what you preach... they may be hackneyed sayings but they're true. Great be part of an amazing event with most of you.
of you.

Posted by Megan Landry March 30, 09 09:09 PM

Absolutely outstanding pictures all around the globe.
In fact, aside from the political-environmental cause of the event that some can argue with -- it really ended with some gorgeous photography.

Posted by Blude March 30, 09 09:10 PM

that was really cool! We live here this is our only planet to live on. Do you want the life on earth to end because of our pollution?this is why we need to take care of our planet no matter what it take!!!!!!

Posted by Rebekah March 30, 09 09:11 PM

aww im soo happy i was a part of EARTH HOUR!! it was trully an amazing event!! cant wait for the next one!!

Posted by alex March 30, 09 09:12 PM

Loved Earth hour this year. Picked up my guitar and played it for the first time in a year reminding me of what a simple joy that is

Posted by Nik March 30, 09 09:15 PM

I am so happy to have been even a tiny part of this global effort.

Posted by George Sousa March 30, 09 09:16 PM

During Earth Hour, we were having my 13 year old son's birthday party. They thought it was great! We cooked hot dogs in the fire pit, they played in the dark and had a great time. They liked the idea of being part of this and think it's way cool to do our part in taking care of the Earth in which God put in our care.

Posted by Elizabeth March 30, 09 09:17 PM

To all those people that want to just get on here to criticize and stir the pot:
HAHA! We did it anyway and it was a freaking success! And just watch what we can do next year! :)

Posted by Megan March 30, 09 09:18 PM

We must keep enough energy in the system to keep this internet alive and use it like this and not as light ( or dark as the case may be ) entertainment alone. Powerful use of imagery and it just shows how nice it is to turn the lights off. A simple shift of perspective and your there! Cheers to the clever people who got involved with this wonderful concept... I'll be passing it around.

Posted by Peter O'Brien March 30, 09 09:21 PM

The alternative to using electric power to light up the darkness of the world is simple: Fire. Burning coal, wood, and other fuels to create the fire necessary to recreate electric light would add more CO2 to the atmosphere than what electric light does. That means you, candle wielding Earth Hour supporters. That's right. The burning candle adds CO2 to the atmosphere. You've officially stopped polluting in one way and started polluting in another.

There is a simple, simple, simple, simple, simple fact to face: No matter what we do we will be polluting. It's part of life. Learn to just live it.

Posted by D.C.L. March 30, 09 09:22 PM

Brilliant. Now for the next step: Earth Hour-a-Week.
It's easy, it's fun, it will keep the awareness front-and-center, and people will begin to see what a luxury (and not a necessity) our electricity usage actually is.

Which night of the week for you?

Posted by Ben March 30, 09 09:23 PM

What a great display. I tried to spread the word as much as possible at work and to friends, I wore the "Earth Hour" shirt to work a couple of times. I'm glad it had such a great turnout in all these countries and cities worldwide. Now we just need to get people involved year round and not just for 60 minutes a year. But at least it's a step in the right direction. I'm glad I work for a company (HSBC) that cares about our climate and has a partnership with WWF. As seen in picture 2 our headquarters along with many, if not all of our other buildings turned our lights out.

Posted by Kelly Fogah March 30, 09 09:24 PM

I have thought this before, and I will say it this time: The big picture is the best photographic "column" online. I love it.

Posted by March 30, 09 09:25 PM

Oh, that was so cool! This is the first time I got my family to participate in Earth Hour, and let me tell ya, a 14 year old girl has to work HARD to get some awareness spread out. BUT it was so worth it knowing all the people I got to try it out.

I loved all those pictures by the way! Let's hope next year turns out this great too!

Posted by Maliha March 30, 09 09:26 PM

It might be really great to see the world come together for the so said "greater good", but the so said global warming is a marketing ploy.
Global warming does not exist to the extent that humans have caused the world to warm up.
If any of ya'll would have taken a geology class, ya'll would know that the earth goes through cycles. As of right now the earth is warming up like it did a bunch of years before and guess what, it will cool down after that.
It amazes me that people will go along with anything and be freaked out about the idea that they are the ones making the temperature higher. By freaking these people out they rush out and drop a butt load of money to make their houses "greener" and be environmentally friendly.
Sure its great to try and make the world a better place but everyone has to realize that this is just a way to make people spend more money.

Posted by W.L March 30, 09 09:26 PM

we have to much light on earth...there sould be regulatory law, to get the indispensable light,to much light riun the beauty of the nights!!
my commitment to turn off my powers one hr. everyday.
thank you!!
Creo que tenemos demasiada luz en la tierra, deberia de habe leyes regulatorias, para tener la luz indispemsablemente necesaria.
demasiada luz arruina la belleza de la noche!!
fue un exito completo!!
el apagon!!
mi compromiso,apagar la luz una hr. diariamente. en casa.

Posted by Alex Espinozza March 30, 09 09:28 PM

Spokane WA did not even mention the word until the day AFTER!!! I live here and I am constantly surprised at how behind things are here! To bad as I would love to be able to step outdoors and see the stars again.

Posted by Irene Day March 30, 09 09:28 PM

As an active member of the Earth Hour Team who worked to have our City go Dark,
I felt a great deal of pride in the concept that people were willing to stop their
lives for one hour and focus on something bigger then our daily lives.

As a homeowner of a "Green Technology " home, living in a state committed to
being a leader in Green Technology, I feel strongly we are on the right track
of leaving less of a carbon footprint on the planet.

This is a choice.

A choice that many highly motivated, educated people have spent their careers
studying and monitoring. This news is not new. But, like anything else, we are slow to learn. Now we have to make a shift, not just as individuals but as a collective whole.

Earth Hour is a collective voice. Obviously, many are listening.

Posted by Annie March 30, 09 09:33 PM
Now for the biggest picture of all
We The People Of The World Have to Commence To Stand Together to Provide the Means of Saving The Rest Of The Planet, its my opinion that space travel is of utmost importance, as many of you know part of the earths problems are just begining from overuse of its resources an we need to push faster to space, without such progression we will destroy it within the blink of an eye, i want to propose that we have a viable alternative (meaning Space ) before 2050, Write your congress write your lweders write to anybody and everybody that cares

Posted by Peace Symbol March 30, 09 09:34 PM

I think it's interesting that people who don't beleive in, or care about climate change, are interested enough to read the comments and put in their 2 cents. I personally could care less what the negative people have to say. I was proud to be part of this event and hope to participate in more and more world wide events to help preserve this wonderful planet.

Posted by Sally Webb March 30, 09 09:36 PM

I turn my light off 4 one hour. Some people in my apt thought it was crazy, but I didn't. I believe in saving globe warning here and around the world.

Posted by Nancy March 30, 09 09:39 PM

The earth is perfectly fine. We don't need "turn lights out for an hour" ideas going around. We need real ideas to fix real problems.

Posted by Jeremy March 30, 09 09:39 PM

thank you

Posted by martha harvey March 30, 09 09:42 PM

My son played the guitar for a half hour, as we sat with a candle; then, we meditated for a half hour in the dark. Wonderful to be part of a world-wide effort so effortlessly. The 'wave' in a stadium is playful, fun, and gives the experience of being part of a large whole...this, of course, was so much more...both exciting to be part of the larger whole, and pleasant to give time to family and self-discovery.

Posted by Jeff Shapiro March 30, 09 09:42 PM

Regardless of whether climate change/global warming is caused by humans or whether it's just the cyclical part of the earth's warming and cooling cycles we should be recycling, reusing, and reducing because it's the right thing to do. Affluence should not equal waste.

Posted by Rae March 30, 09 09:44 PM

In Edina MN we are asking the Energy Commission to make Earth Hour a monthly event.....then weekly , then ....a way of life day after day.

What's your good idea?

Posted by Paul Thompson March 30, 09 09:45 PM

Es una emoción muy grande el poder ver como miles de personas y paises se suman a esta causa tan primordial... esto es lo q se logra cuando las cuasas tienen bases fundamentales... y q mas q cuidar y darle un respiro a nuestroplaneta tierra q poco a poco nosotros mismos, como unica raza autodestructiva, hemos logrado por la misma ignorancia de las causas.

Posted by Audrey Ballesteros March 30, 09 09:48 PM


Posted by Del March 30, 09 09:52 PM

I Bet it’s a Good Idea to repeat the Earth Hour at lease for the view of this places.

Posted by Leo March 30, 09 09:57 PM

My contribution to spread the word at my middle school of 1,300+ made an impact on the future as my students and colleagues were called to raise awareness on climate change. We gathered around today to discuss what we did during Earth Hour, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the majority of students were enthusiastically ready to share their stories. For those who forgot or did not participate, they had the opportunity to hear the passion in others voices as they shared the positive difference made and that can be made every day to help our planet with simple changes we decide to make daily. We reinforced the idea that one person can make a huge difference by simply deciding to take action. A couple of years ago, someone in Sydney, Australia came up with this seemingly simple yet globally impacting message to save our Earth. Let's stay united and live by example.

Posted by Marti March 30, 09 10:00 PM

After watching these pictures from around the world, its obvious that small steps can make huge changes, especially when we act together! It's awesome to be involved in helping our Earth, we only have one.
We should observe Earth Hour once a day....minimum.
Wishing everyone a Grateful day and organic life! Angie Ringler

Posted by Greens Girls of March 30, 09 10:00 PM

The thing I don't get, is the assumption that this actually has an effect on power plants and fuel consumption... most plants that effect the environment burn some sort of fuel, or otherwise use heat to generate electricity... such plants can only be throttled back over a period of several hours, due to the time necessary to cool/reheat the boilers, and the stress that abrupt cooling would cause the equipment... as such they overproduce, by design, so as to be able to handle spikes... that overproduction is wasted... whether you use the power for an hour of not, the same production occurs, the only place this isn't the case is with some esoteric 'green' power sources. It is true that cutting those lights may have reduced themal pollution from the bulbs, but thats about it.

Posted by Gregory Schoppe March 30, 09 10:03 PM


Posted by S.SINKAR OF HOUSTON,TX. March 30, 09 10:07 PM

Although some cities have a lot of light on, still wonderful to see many participating in Earth hour. And for those who feel doubt about Earth Hour, Earth Hour is not about people "getting something done". Of course the activity itself contributes almost nothing to the global warming issue, and hopefully some people won't take Earth Hour as such accomplishment. However in order to achieve something big requires a lot of efforts, from us people (including corporations and such), and in order to even start, people need hope. I love Earth Hour not because it makes people feel accomplished, or at least let this be "fun", but because it finds the very heart of any big achievement; hope and motivation.

Go Earth Hour!

Posted by Soo March 30, 09 10:09 PM

I love the symbolism, and being part of such a magnificent hour. Thank you mother earth and all who love her.

Posted by Ara Gornail March 30, 09 10:12 PM

Bangkok had a better picture of the Grand Palace and Temples.

Posted by ThaiMed March 30, 09 10:14 PM

Well said, Rick, on March 30th at 7:42PM!!!! I couldn't have said it better myself! One might add, One tiny step for man, one giant step for mankind....and our planet Earth! I was a proud participant.

Posted by Bird Brain March 30, 09 10:15 PM

What powerful pictures! We all took part in an amazing event, I am proud that we did this, second year in row. Our son looked forward to it, and I think it does make an impact on us and our community. Next year I will try again to get my friends on board, and if everyone else tries too then we can expand this and do even better. Congratulations to all my fellow humans, let's keep it up!

Posted by Patricia March 30, 09 10:20 PM

Great pictures . . . London and Vegas were especially impressive! Really enjoyed participating! To all your negative people . . . find a hobby and get happy. You'll live longer.

Posted by Victoria March 30, 09 10:25 PM

If your not part of the solution - your part of the problem...
All of those who either don't get it or are against it - you'll figure it out and change your views when the rest of us save you from drowning (all us "green beans" know what that implies)...
But on a different note - I guess I need to email Nickelodeon about their green efforts...we completely forgot 8:30 had come around when we were in the middle of the Kid's Choice Awards. So, we missed the mark this year. But, we assured ourselves that with our choices of recycling, unplugging unused appliances, turning unused lights off, using our own bags and other eco-friendly choices - we are doing what we can. Anyhow, I will remind Nick. that if they are going to encourage their audience to make greener choices - they should'nt premiere a big event during a once-a-year chance to make a difference.

Posted by greenbean March 30, 09 10:28 PM

If everyone ignores what part they can play, as small as it may be to the big picture, then there is no impact through education or awareness. We hang on every word of the AMA when they come out with a new study on how we can make our lives healthier by CONSUMING more pomegranites, more red wine, more fiber, less fat, less sodium, etc. Remember when they told us to turn our electric water heaters off durning the day when we weren't at home to save on the electricity bill? Lots of people did it and saw a difference. But, that was something they could see the next month as it had to do with the money in your back pocket that you could save and see after you payed the bill. Humans in this modern throw away society, have to see the reward right now! Can't see something that they have to think about or do a little research on to get a better grasp on the world wide savings and the global impact. There's too many t.v. shows to watch and we've been watching them for months now. This is the cliff hanger, so I can't miss it and the college teams are fighting for playoffs and standings and I've got money on this game.
If a billion people donated 1.00 to any charitable organization that worked toward global warming or climate change...whatever you want to call's human abuse on the planet, there would be 1 billion dollars to do research or promote education to convince people to change their wasteful behavior.
So, next year, if you don't want to participate, send a dollar to some town or city anywhere you may be connected with and let them educate people for you...and silently exclude you from the healing process. That way, you can clear your consciense of any sacrificing you might have had to do during Earth Hour and you can still watch the game. It only cost you 1.00. Cheap entertainment.

Posted by vicki garnett March 30, 09 10:30 PM

I think that our family became more aware of how much power we actually used in one hour by turning everything off. I loved all the pictures of Earth Hour.... WOW that is a lot of electricity!!!

Posted by Angela Keck March 30, 09 10:41 PM

It was a wonderful event. My 1st grade students wrote on Friday about 5 things they could do during the hour without the lights. It was amazing to me that they had such a hard time to come up with 5. It opened my eyes on how much this generation relies on electricity for most of the entertainment and how important it was for me to help change that. Today many of them came up with great letters on what they did during the hour on Sat- ALL of them had something to do with family time, reading, playing a game, telling stories- more was gained in this hour than working to saving the world,- they connected with family.

Posted by Michelle- First Grade Teacher- Berwyn,IL March 30, 09 10:42 PM

sweet pictures. don't care about global warming, but it sure is rad to turn off the lights for an hour. Don't have to buy the science to understand that waste is waste, and efficiency is good in and of itself.

Posted by t-rad March 30, 09 10:48 PM

The has been here for billions of years. The climate is always changing. To think that only the last 100 years, that fossil fuel has changed anything is craziness. The Earth has not warmed in 1* in 10 years. IT IS ALWAYS CHANGING!! The crazy ones are the ones who listen to Al Gore, telling us how we are ruining our planet, as he races around the world, polluting our air with his big jet airplane, and our children with his dribble,

We will never live without oil. Look around you, touch and feel what is made of plastic. We can all conserve, that's great. But we are not changing the climate.

Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 10:48 PM

Don't forget Cleveland!!

Posted by Shawn March 30, 09 10:48 PM

Wow! It is so powerful what light work can do! one simple flick of the switch! ... thanks for the pictures they are amazing. This is our 2nd observation of this initiative. Winners are Grinners!

Posted by March 30, 09 10:54 PM

2nd annual Earth Hour at our house. My children and I plan to do our part every year. Hopefully next year we can encourage more in our community to do there part. We plan to present the lesson plan from the Earth Hour website to their teachers to encourage participation and use it as a science study tool. If more people actually participated instead of complaining maybe they would see the light....pun definitely intended. It may not be much, but as more people jump on the band wagon it could really make a difference. Who knows, in a few years this could be a global holiday, that would be awesome!!!

Posted by Adrian & boys March 30, 09 10:57 PM

I was very proud to participate in Earth Hour. Next year I intend to do more by handing out flyers to local businesses, calling our town council office and local newspapers to try to notify as many people as possible in my small town. I am very excited that so many participated this year and hopefully every year more and more people will get invovled. Every little bit helps. No one was asked to give up all their electricity for the hour, only to turn off non-essential lights. Do your part to become more "green" every day of your life. It may help improve the lives of our children and grandchildren. Teach them now so they will understand what this is all about.

Posted by Cynthia Lemanski March 30, 09 11:01 PM

I'm an old farmer in mid-USA, and participating in this project was a pleasant experience-- we brought out an old kerosene lamp and played cards by that light. The real joy in this is knowing that people all around the world can and did dedicate their minds and actions to a common interest for that hour-- a very hopeful beginning.
In sixty some years of active farming, I've seen many changes to agriculture, and most of them are not good. We were stewards of the land- saving it and even improving it for future generations... now they are mining the soil.

Posted by I.H. Smith March 30, 09 11:02 PM

It was great to be a part of it!

Posted by Izzitjustme March 30, 09 11:05 PM

We turned off everything, lights, TV, computers......and lit candles all over the condo. Got out the playing cards and had so much fun playing Crazy 8s and 500 Rummy we forgot all about the time.....when we stopped playing and laughing it was 12:30 AM PST. We both said that it was really nice to return to the way we used to play as kids, and celebrate how our grandparents spent their time after the sun went down. It was really great to be a part of this global statement on Climate Change (we got a late snow during this Earth Hour and this is very unusual for the Pacific Northwest at this time of year) and to have so much fun participating. Looking forward to next year's date. Might even do it again on Earth Day.

Posted by Charlotte and Andrew March 30, 09 11:07 PM

Totally amazing!!! I am so glad I was a part of this. I'm glad we' re sending a huge message of concern out there. Thanks so much for the awesome pics. Shows what we can do when we all work together for the greater good...Will support next year as well!!!

Posted by Lin D. :) March 30, 09 11:09 PM

We are stwards of the earth, here we live, this beautiful planet we must take care. Earth hour was a demonstration of how we need to work. TOGETHER FOR THE PLANET EARTH!!!

Posted by Ingrid Sanabria March 30, 09 11:09 PM

I do believe we should protect our earth. I do not believe in global warming- changing, yes. There is no proof that there is any warming at all. We do go thru changes over the years but for warming- you just have to believe- there is no proof at all. What happened to the ice age- did the cave men drive SUV's and cause the warming? Get real. The Earth Hour was cool and might help someone be more aware of our earth and it's needs but lets start with cleaning up our roadsides, ditches and tossing trash out of our cars- SUV's. Just respect our earth.

Posted by Bill Arrants March 30, 09 11:19 PM

Earth hour should happen every day, the future of our planet depends on us.

Posted by CONNIE MELOS March 30, 09 11:22 PM

Someone apparently forget to tell Al Gore it was earth hour...

Posted by Thom York March 30, 09 11:24 PM

Wow, some of these pics are just amazing with the lights off! It kind of makes me wonder how much power the world uses excessively. I turned off my lights and computer for 2 1/2 hours during Earth Hour (ok, so I did watch tv...hard to read in the dark). It's made me more aware of how many lights I used to keep on that I didn't really need, and just electrical appliances in general. If we all keep things like that in mind and make wiser choices, our planet will be better off.

Posted by Michelle March 30, 09 11:25 PM

8:30, I'm in Beijing.
Please look this page:

Posted by onlyearth March 30, 09 11:26 PM

I am 11 years old and all i have to say is great job everyone. The world is happy! My mom and I lit candles, turned off the TV, and she read me a book by candlelight. I called our neighbors and friends to remind them. I was proud to participate and will do it next year too.

Posted by Julia March 30, 09 11:27 PM


Posted by MIKE March 30, 09 11:31 PM

only prolonging the inevitable...

unless we learn to harness other energy sources.

Posted by Skeptic March 30, 09 11:36 PM

We should have earth hour once every month, especially at the rate we are using energy.

Posted by Neico March 30, 09 11:41 PM

#180 - Pot calling the kettle black?

Posted by Webster March 30, 09 11:44 PM

I felt a great sense of unity this time, I look forward to doing this again soon, this should be an international holiday.

Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 11:44 PM

This amazing, what more amazing is the MORONS who start saying negative things about this. The truth is that no one really knows why "Global Warming" is happening and they are sure nowhere near a solution.

Maybe by these companies and countries doing this they spend more money and used more energy but the concept behind it is amazing. If we started doing this it would help, if we took time of our life to recycle it would help.

People need to stop waiting for the government or a single company to find a solution to this. What people need to do it get off their @$$ and start making a difference. Maybe not in their own life, but in others life. Future generations that may not enjoy what we have.

Posted by JC March 30, 09 11:48 PM

I wonder if it occurred to the propriatorsof these buildings that they could do without most of the lights, save a bunch of money, and give us back our dark sky?

Posted by Physics At Work March 30, 09 11:49 PM

Nice work, you really told the story with this basic technology. I continue to be impressed with The Big Picture both as a reader and online news producer.

Posted by swl March 30, 09 11:54 PM

What a silly exercise in futility.

If I had thought about i, I would have turned every single light in my house on and cranked my Corvette and gas guzzling Jeep.

Earth hour.
Give me a break.

Posted by Daniel March 30, 09 11:56 PM

It was great to see the world come together....

Posted by The Hoffman Family March 31, 09 12:06 AM

Seeing all those pictures makes me really proud to be a Sydney-sider, where it all started. Globalisation is a double edged sword. On one side, we are all living in a much faster paced, consumerist society. On the flip side is that we have the resources through communication to join together to change the world. What a fantastic effect we can have to raise awareness and support when together accross the globe we all unite for a common, worthy cause.

Posted by Elizabeth March 31, 09 12:11 AM

whether or not it is literally effective, this one act of symbolism brings people together from around the world. how bad can that be. to be in one community all at the same time, thinking of others, just one hour.

Posted by clara elton sharp March 31, 09 12:17 AM

We are SO impressed by the fact that the city of Las Vegas participated. It makes us proud to live there. Thank you for posting the photos because we didn't get to see the dimming of the lights on the Strip. We were amazed by the difference that turning off the lights made. I teach ESL to adults, and plan to ask them the same question as the first grade teacher. What could they do for an hour at home if all the lights were turned off?

Posted by Pam and Paul March 31, 09 12:19 AM

LOVED IT!!! We had 5 teen boys at our house and I was running a bit late making nachos for them all. But at 8:30, the all the lights went out, ready or not! I lit a bunch of candles, the boys went outside to see if they could see the stars better and how many neighbors did the same, then came in and ate their nachos by candlelight! It was rewarding to see teens care, be involved, be excited to be involved, and share the experience. We'll surely do it again next year.

Posted by Vicky in Glendora, CA March 31, 09 12:23 AM

We were probably the only two people to turn off our lights in Ava, Missouri, but we were glad to do it

Posted by Caryl March 31, 09 12:25 AM

Amazing!!!! I'm so happy to be able to be part of this honorable act. I think in my block , my family and friends .I wasthe only one that turned of my lights, but it's ok! I hope next Earth Hour they do it with me.My next Earth Hour will be next Satruday night. My husband & I have a wonderful time, we had a message with candles lights. Thanks for this amazing pictures!!! Great Job!!!

Charlie :)

Posted by Guadalupe March 31, 09 12:26 AM

Last year In Sydney we took our our telescope and focused on a beautiful glistening moon and even found Saturn with its rainbow rings. What a thrill. Once you start you dont want to turn the lights back on. This year enjoyed a video by candlelight and forgot to turn lights on again. Think we should bring out the candles more often.

Posted by Cherrybrook March 31, 09 12:33 AM

now if we can only TRY to use less energy all the days of our lives, just think how much $ and energy we'll save.

Posted by Marcie March 31, 09 12:42 AM

That was beautiful...I'm so glad I did my part, too! But, where's NYC!?

Posted by Licious March 31, 09 12:44 AM

Just like with the rest of our environmental problems, TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.
We're not serious as a planet about addressing our issues; This is just us tooting our own horn.

Posted by chris March 31, 09 12:46 AM

ahh pretty pictures! i'm so happy about this.. and Jakarta! so proud of it! ^^
can't wait for the next Earth Hour! :D

Posted by Deazaskia March 31, 09 12:49 AM

These pictures are beautiful. So great, many many people say about Earthhour and participate in it. I and my family had excellent dinner with candles. Love Earthhour.

Posted by Thuy March 31, 09 12:50 AM

I'm from Russia, Vladivostok. I want to tell about Earth Hour. It was nice time of darkness and talking. I liked it. I thought, people lost something charming, when they got electrik light on evening...
And my friend - Georgian girl from Ios Island, Greece. She told me about Earth Hour on Ios. Dark, people went out with candles. She told, it was super!!!!!!!

Posted by Yulya March 31, 09 12:50 AM

That's beautiful photos. Unfortunately, my hometown can not participate in the Earth Hour action. My hometown is Kaohsiung City in Taiwan. I saw the above photo for Taipei 101. It is nice to see Taiwan to involve in this action. Next year, I want to put Kaohsiung City to join in the Earth Hour!!

Posted by Long CHEN March 31, 09 12:52 AM

I'm from Malaysia .. any picture from my country

Posted by Rinis March 31, 09 12:52 AM

Great idea! We participated both years, and were happy to have Boston join up!

Here's a suggestion for next year, to make it more exciting, more fun, and more rewarding: The organizers (WWF) could have staff members (one or more) in each participating country, observing which companies or families observed Earth Hour (This would be announced in advance). Then, the WWF staff member would choose a random participant for an Earth Hour Participation Prize! This could be money, or something more creative.

Just a thought, but I think it would build participation--even among deniers(;>)!

Posted by Roger March 31, 09 12:54 AM

Thank you for allowing us, the earth's inhabitants, to be part of such a wonderfully global statement It is amazing how powerful each individual can be when we do something collectively. Thanks for posting the incredible pictures.

Posted by Tom & Tula Wingerson, Conroe, TX March 31, 09 12:57 AM

So so so amazing :)
I meditated during the lights out

Posted by Catherine March 31, 09 12:57 AM

look at the ghost reflection in photo #4!

Posted by Joel March 31, 09 12:59 AM

Remember this: "We didn't inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we are borrowing it from our children" .
This was an amazing hour, still we can do a lot more every single day in our lives for our mother Earth and our children.

Posted by flory March 31, 09 01:02 AM

Great pictures. Hopefully people will be more aware of the need to conserve energy.

Posted by patty de biase March 31, 09 01:06 AM

The idea that human C02 is causing GLOBAL change is ridiculous. The real cause of GLOBAL climate change is something much more significant than human intervention. It's called sun cycles. Furthermore, carbon does not stay in the atmosphere, it is absorbed by the oceans and land. Earth hour is completely insignificant and has little to no impact on carbon emissions. All it does is make people more vulnerable to crime.
Wake up people, don't be fooled by environmentalist propaganda and unproven theories. Does it truly make sense to believe that we, a species that inhabits only a small fraction of the earth's surface, can destroy an environment that has existed for God knows how long in less than 150 years. The environment is simply not as sensitive as they would have you believe, and has its own ways of healing and balancing its self.

Posted by Noah March 31, 09 01:07 AM

can any one tell me how much electricity was saved by doing this?

Posted by Giriraj March 31, 09 01:08 AM

Great pictures. We had a great time for our hour of darkness. We played Apples to Apples drinking wine. It was fun. It was exciting to know we could be a small part of this.

Posted by Lorie Morrison March 31, 09 01:21 AM

This is a great effort. Every other city should follow and make this a regular feature.

Posted by T.E.Rajendran March 31, 09 01:24 AM

To the scoffers and the nay-sayers - what are you even doing on this site? It's not about the one hour a year, it's about unity and commitment. It's about saying "yes, I'm committed to protecting the only home we have!" It's about small steps by many people around the globe. Why do you feel threatened by that?
As for you ostriches who prefer not to believe in human-caused global warming, I"m sure your opinions are formed only after due consideration of all the scientific evidence, that you have incredibly high IQ's, several PHD's and at least a couple of Nobel prizes, because otherwise you would simply be running off at the mouth about things you don't understand!

Posted by Monica Kelly Wright March 31, 09 01:31 AM

Earth hour is a good thing for the environment, but it also gives a chance for pickpocketers so steal cause its so dark. Not saying Earth hour is a bad thing, but it increases the chances of getting Robbed

Posted by Robbed March 31, 09 01:33 AM

WE had a family project the kids were to tell as many people they could we played cards by candalelight and ended up having lights out for 2 1/2 hours we had family members report back on what the did . IT WAS TIME WELL SPENT WITH THE KIDS.

Posted by Traci Phx AZ March 31, 09 01:34 AM

Incredible... Thanks for sharing.. Keep it up... Save the Power! Use the power within us to light our way!

Posted by Emma Faroh March 31, 09 01:35 AM

There's no need for these landmarks to be so darn bright....Looks like they are on fire!

Posted by MArk March 31, 09 01:45 AM

that was amazing.
sometimes places are much better off without lights, back to a little natural feeling :)

Posted by gaiachik March 31, 09 01:50 AM

Dear John, who posted March 30, 09 08:08 PM:

Flickering the lights on and off can ruin your wiring. Multiply that by millions and your power grid has a risk of being borked.

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 01:52 AM

I'm so pissed I didn't participate. I did last year and absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. My wife and I cooked steaks over a gas stove in the dark and then sat on the patio and made whoopie. Maybe we'll do Earth Hour this coming weekend, since we were out partying during the actual one.

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 01:52 AM

is amazing...i'm from malaysia and i was taken part too...

Posted by malcolm March 31, 09 01:54 AM

Maybe next year we'll see photos from the International Space Station and Earth observation satellite showing pictures from each timezone, going lights out during Earth Hour.

Posted by Drew March 31, 09 01:54 AM

A lot of beautiful sentiments and wonderful ways people used the hour of darkness. On the practical side, because of the way power stations work, they take 2 days from cold to fully operational and they all have to keep in perfect speed synchronisation with each other. When the load is suddenly reduced (all turning off your lights) the alternators try to speed up and the steam power has to be diverted, often by blasting it into the sky. the boilers cannot be cooled down much because the operators know the load will return suddenly so no power is really saved. Only long term reductions will work so we need consistancy.

Posted by Bram Hester March 31, 09 01:58 AM

I'm so grateful to see so many...different cultures, different parts of the world and including my own hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada (as well as my own home) went dark for that one hour. I sure hope that others that didn't do this,this year will do it next year and even more people to follow in the years to come. We really need to keep this going to show the world that we need to start taking better care of our earth and supporting it as it has supported us (and still supports us). Some say they don't see where this is helping, but as the ole saying goes..Rome wasn't built in a day, it took time as this will take time also but we need to start somewhere and why not start now!!

Posted by Trisha March 31, 09 01:59 AM


Posted by flora March 31, 09 01:59 AM

I'm so happy and touched that I cried looking at those beutiful pictures, "YES, WE ALL CAN DO IT hand in hand to make this world a better place, MORE GREEN AND PEACE", this is the massage I got from looking at those pictures and reading the comments.
And infact, I aggree that those places look more beautiful and peaceful when the light is off. Why waste the electricity and money?

Posted by maria liopisa March 31, 09 02:08 AM

Sweet Pics.

Table Mountain in Cape Town also went dark!

Posted by Craig March 31, 09 02:21 AM

cool to see a picture of my home town cathedral in picture #13...

Posted by A. Pegorer March 31, 09 02:30 AM

These pictures are really marvelous. Hat’s off to the photographer who took these and thank you very much for sharing with all of us… and I am proud for doing my part as well.

Posted by Usha - Malaysia March 31, 09 02:38 AM

Whomever stayed lit shuld be called out, their bill calculated. Then let's wait for next year and do a countdown.

Posted by Marsha March 31, 09 02:53 AM

So amazing....!!!! I love it...!! so we have to do more often, than only once a year...!!!

Posted by Ria Martina March 31, 09 03:03 AM

simply beautiful ...

Posted by Srirang Ranjalkar March 31, 09 03:17 AM

It was really amazing!!! All this people join together on a cause. Lets do that again and again and again....Thank you !!

Posted by DESPINA March 31, 09 03:19 AM

Yeah lets do it this way and turn off all light, and while we are at it let us turn everything off and see celibrate the darkness and our stupidity. While all those lights were off and the world was thinking that they actually were contributing to something meaningfull, all powerplants actually were running at full capacity. All those landmarks only saved them selves a few $ by not having all those 400W lamps on for a few hours. That is so damn missleading. Wy not do something real and meaningful and change to water, wind and geothermal powerproduction. Change your lightbulbs at home to less powerdemanding ones, buy better microwaves, ovens, dishwashers and Tv's and we will all benifit.

Posted by Mirza greetings from sweden March 31, 09 03:28 AM

Congratulations on a bigger better Earth Hour II. Next year should be even better, with even more publicity. Think of Earth Day and it's initial reception from the press and nay-sayers of every stripe. The bigger this gets, the more they'll try to dampen the spirit of it's awareness. It's not as big of an individual statement as it is a vast global community, that is far more than the sum of it's parts. This action may encourage many other efforts. T'hose too will start small and grow. They will help unite rather than devide people and cultures. We all need light, but at what cost? It will have to be highly efficient and powered by renewable energy. Peace to all.


Posted by Dino - Medford, OR March 31, 09 03:34 AM

wow! amazing~

Posted by Sam March 31, 09 04:01 AM

Global Warming is a myth.

It has been proven that ALL the planets in our solar system have been heating up recently.

Posted by wat March 31, 09 04:15 AM

Aside from doing something for mother earth, this kind of 'activity' is giving us the chance to go out and meet up with good old friends! We all enjoyed each others company and we just keep on laughin...We should do this more often! :)

Posted by Tisha March 31, 09 04:18 AM

Why don’t they just leave the lights off all the time, from what i can see nearly all those buildings are lit up unnecessarily. It annoys me that most people wont get what this is really about and think that turning the light off is enough to solve the global warming crisis we are all going to inevitably face..

Posted by Tim March 31, 09 04:27 AM

All my friends and i got together for earth hour and sat, talked, listened to music on our phones and lit candles to provide the light that we needed. I'm so happy that we participated. ^.^ I even set a text message to everyone in my contact list, and the one's that participated sent it forward, and so on.

Posted by Jillian March 31, 09 04:30 AM

Why those lights are on all night long ?

Posted by Ulysse March 31, 09 04:31 AM

meraviglioso! bravi!!

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 04:33 AM

It was really wonderful.
But still we needs to do more people familiar with this,So that we should get huge response.
Anyway its already having very good response.
We will keep it up.

Posted by Sandip Chavan,Pune March 31, 09 04:38 AM

Even Las Vegas dimmed, that's amazing...

Posted by PN March 31, 09 04:44 AM

We took part in the effort of earth hour in Zurich Switzerland. This type of ccampaign we should do every year atleast.

Posted by Mithun March 31, 09 04:44 AM

I am very supportive of this initiative! actually most people in Greece (and Athens were I live) did turn off all lights and electical appliances. It is time we all realise the disastrous exploitation we have made to Earth's natural resources! However, we, individuals, are not the big players...

Posted by Chrisanthy March 31, 09 04:54 AM

Awesome! I hoped Vegas would get in on the act. When the hour was up, my daughter begged us not to turn the lights back on yet, she was having a ball!

Posted by Cori March 31, 09 04:58 AM

We live in Sri Lanka in a rural area, where we do not have electricity but have solar lights. We do not have running water, but engage in rain water harvesting. We grow our own food, we live off the land. So, all you first world people patting yourselves on the back, polluting our world while we live respecting it. Here is a message: One hour in one year is not going to do it. Change your whole lifestyle. We are the lucky ones, to hear the owls and nightjars at night, to hear the peacock at dawn and to be surrounded by all nature's wonder. We may not have the material possessions in our houses, we may eat what we grow. But we know we are being more responsible than those who claim to know what is good for the whole world.theworld -

Posted by Third World Chick March 31, 09 05:00 AM

Although I enjoyed clicking on and off all the pics, the cities were infinitely more beautiful with all their lights on. I would like to know the stats on how many more/less rapes, robberies, and murders were committed (reported) during the hour of darkness. It's got to be more than about voltage.

Posted by Karen March 31, 09 05:06 AM

i'm actually quite impressed with how the world responded to this whole earth hour. hopefully, we all learn something from this. i mean, maybe, the time to help and save mother earth should not only done or even restricted during this one hour period just because it's earth hour. maybe, we should things on our own even if it's not earth hour. let's make everyday a compilation of earth hours. =)

Posted by cheryl March 31, 09 05:08 AM

where is KLCC building?

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 05:14 AM

it was really fantastic , I wish people in my country also do this for an hour or just a moment , special thanks .

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 05:14 AM

this is gorgeous... absolutely beautiful... now, if we can get double the number next year, i think i'll cry from the joy....

we lit a few candles and got together doing the nerdy thing of playing DnD. It was really really nice. it was nice not to see the backs of peoples heads as they're on the computer and just to talk and have fun in the dark. i think i'll be doing more of that all the time.

thank you, world, for seeing that we need to stand together for our planet.

Posted by Cheryl Chambers March 31, 09 05:22 AM

I'm happy that I can contribute in this magnificent hours. And also great pictures taken by photographers.

Posted by Windy Hapsari, Jakarta-Indonesia March 31, 09 05:23 AM

This is amazing. Next year I hope I'll be able to take pictures from Saudi Arabia. I celebrated earth hour in my home with family. We sat around the candle light and actually it was quite romantic.

Posted by Sarah AlSulaiman March 31, 09 05:27 AM

I know I make a daily practice to turn off what isn't needed, but this years Earth Hour my boyfriend and I played Earthopoly by candle light, and it was awesome! Climate change is a serious thing, however that doesn't mean we can't have fun with spreading the message.

Posted by Lex March 31, 09 05:33 AM

I PARTICIPATED it was really nice to see the world come together for such a big issue that truly needs to be addressed. I posted the you-tube video flicking the switch on myspace and sent it all of my friends and family to participate. I think everybody should try to conserve energy every day not just for Earth Hour.
Springfield, Missouri

Posted by Vanessa March 31, 09 05:35 AM

Hello everybody,

First i want to thank us all, it is great to see so many people involve !!!! We made it !!!!
I have just moved to L.A from France and i was really happy to see how dark it got in here.
I had pass the word to familly and friends around the world as they did too...and all together we can make it a better world.

Let's keep do it , it ll works ;)

Posted by Francisca Viudes March 31, 09 05:41 AM

this photos will stay in the minds of wiever to make this world better and make them to plant a couple trres at least make his/her carbon foot print ZERO

Posted by U. Savas Baran March 31, 09 05:50 AM

I did not celebrate the Earth Hour at just so happenned that I was not at home and so the lights were off....but I was aware that it was happenning on 28th March between 8.30 to 9.30 pm, so had I been at home, i would have switched off all the lights of the house and enjoyed a dinner in candle - lights

I think we owe this much to our environment at least

Posted by Preeti Malhotra March 31, 09 06:10 AM

"Tell me, all you bashers out there, what is the harm in turning off the fricken lights for one fricken hour? Get a life jabronis..........................."
To 231 and others like it:
What is the harm? Mm, maybe the fact that after the oh so mighty event is over, no one gives a rats ass and continues his life the same way as always, while even being happy that 'I DID MY PART WOO WOO! I SAVED ELECTRICITY FOR ONE MIGHTY HOUR OMG!'.
Yeah, that sure is a BIG HUGE difference, you switched of a few lightbulbs for one hour in year. ..and after that switched them all back on. Whoopee.
Yeah sure it saves quite a lot of electricity, one bulb multiplied by millions is a big number aye but does it actually mean anything if people don't change their habits? Nope. Zero. Nada. It is just pure hypocrisy, nothing more.

And that is why I personally don't value this kinda events at all.
Even if they make nice pictures.

Posted by Me, myself and Irene March 31, 09 06:13 AM

Here's how Earth Hour succeeded here in Finland:

Posted by roskis March 31, 09 06:28 AM

WHERES ...........INDIA

Posted by KAVITA March 31, 09 06:30 AM

I totally support the cause. But fail to understand attitude & mentality of those people who have celebrated the earth day by sitting in the dark but keeping their Air conditioners full-on. If we really want to save the earth, please save the electricity at every possible occassion and to the greatest possible extent. Cheers

Posted by Amit March 31, 09 06:35 AM

My husband and I turned off the main circuit breaker to the house at 8:30 and left it off for 4 hours. It would be nice if many of those extra bright lights in the big city were turned off every night. It doesn't need to be like daylight at midnight.

Posted by Karen Roche March 31, 09 06:43 AM

This was the second time my family and I have observed Earth Hour.
Saturday, March 28, was my 52nd birthday! So my family and I celebrated my birthday during Earth Hour. At 8:30pm we lit the candles on the cake and ate cake by candlelight. We listed to the music on the battery operated radio and played the board game Monopoly until 1:00 am. Thanks to Earth Hour I will have a very special birthday memory.

Posted by Lisa Martin Kohlhaas March 31, 09 06:47 AM

A fantastic event... and fantastic pics. I played my part in India. How I wish, this happens every month!

Posted by Avishek March 31, 09 06:59 AM

It's so amazing.

Posted by Thanh Ly, An March 31, 09 07:00 AM

turning off lights for only 1 hour will not save this earth, because after we turn the light on, everything goes back to normal.
great pics anyway.

Posted by sista March 31, 09 07:03 AM

I absolutely loved joining this wave of concern for the planet. If we as global citizens can continue to find our common ground, we will have a good future together. Joy!

Posted by Cathleen March 31, 09 07:11 AM

In Pakistan - we have Earth Hour every few hours in a day - cuz of power outages!!!

Posted by Babar March 31, 09 07:11 AM

It's the first time South Africa has taken part in Earth Hour and I hope that as awareness of the event grows it will become an 'event' on everyones calander and an excuse to get together with family and friends to be part of something bigger! :)

Posted by Janine March 31, 09 07:14 AM

This has been a totatly enlightening experience for me the last two years! I am still amazed at the photos, but this year to be able to click on a photo to see how an area looks after the lights go out..............! AMAZING!!!! But lets not look past the fact that there are so many people in our lives that we could & should get envolved. Next year have a personal list of Family,Friends & Co-Workers that YOU PERSONALY will get involved, then attached your own photos. See you next year.

Posted by Cheryl Earl March 31, 09 07:17 AM

It was not needed for us to specially Turn of the lights on that day .. Due to power shortage we already have power cuts for 3 hours minimum everyday .. So no lights in the entire town every day for 3 hrs .. Great way to Join Guys all over the world in this .

Posted by krishna March 31, 09 07:18 AM


Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 07:50 AM

I think this could be done every day at the same time. It would be a great achievement

Posted by Karina Brandt (Brazil) March 31, 09 07:51 AM

why just one hour per year??? some of those venues do NOT need to be lit up like the sun every night, they should be turned OFF in the interest of saving energy and therefore saving this planet that we and future generations must try to live on...

really, think about it, why do those places have to be lit up, especially office buildings in cities that do not even have people in them -- for "looks"?

come on people, take this and run with it, protest, complain, make yourself heard for our children and theirs...

Posted by James Burton March 31, 09 07:52 AM

During Earth Hour here in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, I listened to the birds grow quiet and the frogs get noisy as the storm approched and watched the silhouettes of my cats sitting in the window as the lightening crashed. It was so peaceful and thinking back to the way people used to live and how far we've come was quite impressive. I may do this more often.

As for those with negative comments: you've completely missed the point of Earth Hour and you should keep your comments to yourselves. For some, this is more than trying to raise awareness for environmental issues, regardless of how big they are or aren't.

Think beyond youself.

Posted by Piseagan March 31, 09 08:00 AM

Great pictures. Thanks for posting. Doesn't it look so much better with the lights on? To those who think this is a progressive step; please, just go outside on a sunny day. Feel the heat of that sun. Imagine that amount of energy falling on every square inch of the earth's surface. Now remember we're standing on a wafer of rock just 35km thick - above 6400km of molten magma at 1000's of degrees celsius. Do you seriously believe that turning-off your porch light makes a snow ball's difference in hell to the climate?

Modern technology and the power that drives it have improved the length and quality of our lives no end. Let's not return to the dark ages. Let's stop wasting money on this global warming nonsense.

Posted by Paul Smith March 31, 09 08:00 AM

This just goes to show that we are capable of conserving without causing any type of inconvenience. Is it really necessary to have every single light bulb on in a building (let alone the office equipment)? Hopefully, people now understand that this wasteful attitude is senseless and it's only causing problems for future generations.

Posted by Tara Schurdell March 31, 09 08:11 AM

Small mistake: picture 8 is not Shanghai's Bund but a picture from the Bund ('Waitan') of the opposite southern bank. Great work nonetheless!

Posted by Fabrice Holbé March 31, 09 08:12 AM

I used the treadmill in the dark :)

Posted by Matt March 31, 09 08:13 AM

While it's great that everyone enjoyed the feel-good factor of choosing to sit in the dark for an hour, it does sort of miss the point.

Energy conservation is important, but sitting in the dark shouldn't be our goal.

Our goal should be to find renewable energy sources (inc. nuclear if necessary) to ensure that we will not be forced to sit in the dark in the future.

(Oh and by the way - I like my cities well lit at night, thank you very much. Feeling virtuous is one thing, feeling safe is another entirely.)

Posted by Woesinger March 31, 09 08:18 AM

AWESOME global event!!! The awesomeness of this event was not in the amount of energy we may (or may not) have saved, nor in bringing global awareness to the cause of saving mother Earth (a most noble cause!). It was, however, in the reflection of the power of our collective human spirit when we unite in a common cause. Imagine the advancements in civilization if we all came together like this for every major issue facing the world of humanity today. It is proof that ~
"The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens." -Baha'u'llah

Posted by Linell March 31, 09 08:24 AM

@Noah, who'd like to think it isn't happening:

You need to open up a spreadsheet and start working the numbers.

Just as puny bacteria can bring a human low, so puny humans can a planet destroy.

Arithmetic is your friend. Wingnut radio is not.



Posted by Stanley Krute March 31, 09 08:28 AM

I think this earth hour is one of the most stupidest thing to do. I am not against conservation, and in fact I am all for it. But in this case, the means is more dangerous than the end, even though one cannot find fault with the intension.
Reading the posts, my worst fears came true. Most of us switched off the lights and lit a candle instead! Some of us even lit bonfires!! So were we actually saving any greenhouse emission?
Electricity we get at our homes is one of the most efficiant ways power is produced, transmitted, and delivered. So what we should insead try to do is reduce our consuption for good, instead of switching off lights and then trying to read using the TV glow or candle.
Candle is petroleum by product, which needs to be bought up from the core of the earth, processed, and then delivered to our nearby stores, the whole chain being hugely carbon +ve. And of course, lighting it means more greenhouse gas emission.
Also, there is a fear of grid collapse if too many people switched off their lights at the same time since electrical grids are sensitive to sudden demand or supply surges.
Earth Hour needs to be replaced with earth year or earth life. One earth hour does more damage than not doing it at all.
So lets change our lifestyle by cuttign our consuption for good rather than switching off the lights for one hour a year.

Posted by Rabin Ghosh March 31, 09 08:30 AM

I thought it was great, glad to hear so many countries took part. My grand daughter and I layed on the bed talking while listening to her Mom flipping out trying to get ready for a night out with no lights etc. very amusing. My grand daughter was very committed to this, she went to all the neighbors and asked them to join....I think it should be done monthly too.

Posted by Rhea Strand March 31, 09 08:34 AM

Great photos! We enjoyed them!

Posted by Shawn Stephens March 31, 09 08:39 AM

My husband, and two daughters played a board game by candle light. It was a great experience not only for us, but to know that we were a part of something bigger is even better.

Posted by Melissa Rhodes March 31, 09 08:40 AM

I can't believe it! Everything went completely dark. All over the world. Wow.

Posted by Da Dude March 31, 09 08:41 AM

We turned off the lights
... and we had a great sky with stars

Posted by Raúl Valdez March 31, 09 08:47 AM

Spreading the message? Getting the word out? What planet have you guys been on? We've had this Global Warming / Climate Change message forced fed to us for over a decade now.

Posted by Guy Incognito March 31, 09 08:48 AM

#332 - what an @$$. It's people like you, with that kind of mind set, that screw up the planet. Whether you believe in global warming or not, it doesn't hurt to take care of the Earth and conserve our natural resources.

Posted by C J Howe March 31, 09 08:52 AM

LOL @ #355! Noah, you poor, confused fellow! As the environment goes about "healing and balancing" itself, don't imagine that YOUR suffocation will be quick or painless, either. Saving up the animals, two by two, won't work this time...

Posted by Stuart March 31, 09 08:53 AM

I turned everything off and me and kitty ^,,^ just enjoyed the peaceful silence and calmness of the apartment then I listened to music on MP3. ;-) GO GREEN and BE KIND TO ANIMALS AND EARTH!!!! God Bless ^A^

Posted by Carolyn Correira March 31, 09 09:06 AM

Living most my life in the northeast corner of Connecticut I was unable to view what the night sky offered due to the obnoxius glow cast by all the street/city lights of the area.
Relocating to rural South Carolina I was amazed by the difference in the night sky minus all the man made interference.
The very first thing I did was to have the outside security light disemboweled.
Yes, I had the bulb removed!! that night sky was even better!
I practice earth hour each and every night at my house. Only what light is needed is put on.!

Posted by Sid Nichols March 31, 09 09:08 AM

Eu divulguei nos meus Perfis do Hi5, no status e através de Mensagens Gerais.
Em minha casa fiz a minha parte e vi em directo a cidade de Lisboa a apagar os monumentos e Ponte 25 de Abril.
Vale a pena repetir e no próximo Ano 2010, ser ainda mais países e Cidades a colaborarem consigo próprios, pois o Planeta Terra é de todos, não tem Fronteiras.
É preciso iniciativas destas, por exemplo no respeito pela Água.

Posted by Rui Anjos March 31, 09 09:10 AM

these pics from all over the world are just mind blowing .
The world goes dark for an hour to save the darkness it might go into forever .
Lets act on it !

Posted by abhinav narain March 31, 09 09:10 AM

We didn't see anyone else turn off their lights, but we are glad we did.
We lit candles and played Elmo games with our son. It was nice to
enjoy the quiet. It was great to be a part of Earth Hour.
It should happen more than once a year.

Posted by R, S & J from Grosse Ile, MI March 31, 09 09:17 AM
446. we turn off some, save some. But did anyone ever think they'd actually be using more energy than what was saved once those 1 billion light switches go on again?

Posted by forgottendiary March 31, 09 09:19 AM

That was amazing. Why can't there be an Earth Hour more often. This proves that the world won't end if the lights aren't blazing. Does anyone else think some of these places are over the top?

Posted by Heather March 31, 09 09:20 AM

My son and I had a late dinner by candlelight and although there were many lights out in our neighborhood, I'm afraid it had more to do with foreclosures than participating occupants.
Regardless, we were proud to participate and to help make a statement around the world. In fact, we thought it was such an uplifting time that we're going to have our lights, computers, stereos and televisions off at least one hour every evening.
Kudos to Sydney!

Posted by Tamara March 31, 09 09:20 AM

no bombay or new york here???

Posted by priyank March 31, 09 09:21 AM

Boston! We hear you!

Now, you are the best!

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 09:24 AM

My family had our first bonefire for the season in our backyard during Earth Hour. It is just starting to warm up here for spring, and the weather cooperated for us to stay outside. We toasted marshmallows, chatted, and the kids read stories to our group. Wonderful quality time, in more ways than one!

Posted by K King March 31, 09 09:26 AM

The pix were awesome, the whole idea fantastic! I did my little part and felt better about it. To all of the negative comments, any step(s) to conservation we can do to help this earth and the future of our children, we should do. Whether its water, electricity, heat, whatever. This earth is a gift from God and we should cherish it.

Posted by Lisa Myers March 31, 09 09:27 AM

Notice how in just about every photo that it's only the major buildings that are turning there lights out, as opposed to the homes and smaller businesses surrounding it. I guess it was easier to find groups looking for PR to join in this nonsense rather than "NORMAL" everyday people.

Posted by shaithis March 31, 09 09:32 AM

Although I work for a state department of environmental conservation, I'm ashamed to admit that I became aware of Earth Hour just this year. I purchased an Earth Hour t-shirt and wore it for three days (with other shirts underneath)--before, on and after March 28--to advertise the event to others. At a silent auction for local food pantries, an old "hippie" couple (not much older than I) asked whether Earth Hour was a reduction of Earth Day...
Anyway, I'm not very creative, so I simply went to bed for the night at 8:30, while my husband watched basketball in an otherwise dark house. There's no question that this gesture was only a drop in the bucket, but at least the bucket encompassed the entire planet. And for those concerned about crime increasing due to darkness, a U.S. Department of Justice report on the relationship between night lighting and crime found that there was no significant evidence that lighting affected levels of crime. However, increased lighting appeared to decrease the fear of crime. Here's to Earth Hour 2010!

Posted by Bernadette LaManna March 31, 09 09:36 AM

My teenagers complained about having to do this but as I expected, we had a great time telling stories, thinking up show tunes, and quoting famous lines from movies. Good idea!

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 09:48 AM

Really makes you realize how much needless energy we use. Wow!

Posted by Lauren March 31, 09 09:51 AM

why do all these lights need to be on at night?

Posted by chandra March 31, 09 09:56 AM

donde estan las picturas de India me gusto mucho pero yo buscaba los edificios de India tambien...........

Posted by Saurabh March 31, 09 09:56 AM


The point is that it's a pointless gesture. If it's so important, why not do it every night and not just once a year? Over all it's a good idea but only if extended beyond a paltry one hour. So why don't *you* keep your comments to yourself? ;-)

Posted by Jack M March 31, 09 09:57 AM

I feel proud to be a part of this campaign... Can we run this campaign on quarterly basis or atleast half yearly basis ??? Lets save ourselves before its too late!!!!!

Posted by Subrata K Tah March 31, 09 10:01 AM

It was truly an amazing experience. Although I sort of do an "earth hour" every now and then (I love iluminating my house with candles when I'm by myself while drinking wine and listening to the radio), it was a very different feeling knowing that I was doing it for the best of causes -to protect my beloved planet. I love and care for my planet and having the opportunity of being part of Earth Hour 2009 made me feel proud. Kuddos to all of us who participated and all of those who will do it again next year! Keep it up. ; )

Posted by Yajaira March 31, 09 10:02 AM

I think most of these places should have less lights more often! There's no need for so much unnecessary lighting. I hope next year that even more people take part!! =) And I agree - aerial views or satellite views would be spectacular!

Posted by Lisa March 31, 09 10:03 AM

It is amazing to see just how much electricity we use. YES, lets do Earth Hour more often. My daughter and I played cards, she loved it. We looked across our marsh and could see the houses that had candlelites burning. Really touching.
Liz Fish, South Sutton,NH.

Posted by Elizabeth Fish March 31, 09 10:03 AM

OH NOAH! (post 355) where did you get your sad misinformation. "The evil that men do lives after them"

The science is clear, documented and irrefutable.

Mankind can kill the earth and injures it daily and mankind can wound the earth less and the earth can forgive. Perhaps we can not repair our environment, but we can create conditions under which the environment can recover.

Posted by Alan March 31, 09 10:04 AM

To the people who say to do this one night a year has no impact:
Action inspires change. The idea isn't just to save energy on one night.;By doing this one night a year, we keep the world aware that if each person/household changes even just a few small things about the way they live year round (Turn off that unneeded lighting,use energy saving bulbs) it has an impact. All who participated should be proud!

Posted by Susan P March 31, 09 10:04 AM

I think we as citizens of earth should do this more often, this is a really good thing.

Posted by Kristy March 31, 09 10:05 AM

I SUGGEST WE DO THIS more THAN 1 TIME FOR MORE THAN 1 HR EVERY YEAR. People who leave porch lites on all nite plus sensour lites DUH! whats that for? if some one is going to rob U those lites won't save a thing. The human race is so stupid, animals are waaaay smarter & get along way better than us. We have a world of "ITS NOT MY PROBLEM" DUH! I have news U noncaring folks & smart mouths. U best be very careful, very careful. Because U will eat your stupid words

Posted by Sassycat March 31, 09 10:08 AM

well, it certainly is awesome... manly too!

Posted by Nichola=] March 31, 09 10:13 AM

One hour was just not enough...

Posted by James March 31, 09 10:17 AM

Earthday is not just one day a year. It is every day of your life. As a wise person once said, " we are cutting off the same branch we are sitting on". Turn your lights and your faucets off when not in use.

Posted by Genevieve C. Norato, DC March 31, 09 10:18 AM

To all of those who decry turning off lights as a public safety issue:

Didn't you notice that the streetlights stayed on?

It was the unnecessary lights showing off public buildings that were turned off. They should be turned off at midnight every night anyway. Just light the streets & keep us safe & do away with all the 3 am hometown rah rah rah look at our precious buildings, all you night-owls. The writers from south asia have a good point: welcome to the world of rolling blackouts.

Posted by SteveR March 31, 09 10:19 AM

Where are the pics of Dallas, TX going dark? I think this is just so awesome next year will be even better!!!!! Congratulations Earth Hour 2009

Posted by Melissa Hemphill March 31, 09 10:23 AM

Recognizing the POWER of COMING Together ... to CREATE such an incredible gift to Earth Mother...we should gift her much MORE OFTEN!
I LOVED sitting around with our Beautiful CANDLELIGHTS for over an hour...actually far more beautiful than lights!
Blessings be to You~

Posted by LoveLight ~ Courtland March 31, 09 10:24 AM

I wish fans of Earth hour would take an objective look at how petty the effects of this "movement" was. Reducing overall consumption by 1% for the entire year would have exponentially greater effects than eliminating consumption for 1 hour. Grid response to demand is not instantaneous, it takes hours to ramp production up or down. If the anticipated 1 billion participants actually participated, the effect of everyone turning their lighs back on at the end of the hour would cause rolling blackouts across the grid, resulting in possible chaos until power is restored. Utilities did not reduce the amount of power being produced during this one hour. They were still burning the same amount of fossil fuels, causing the same amount of greenhouse gasses to be released. The power was produced, but not consumed. Net result = 0!!

Posted by Mike Lane March 31, 09 10:27 AM

If we can do 1 hour no problem.Let's try to make it 2 hour's next year....

Posted by J.T. March 31, 09 10:29 AM

nice thanks

Posted by amir March 31, 09 10:30 AM

This is so wonderful that so many people did this! I love the pictures! Let's hope that next year will be more of us joining this! We should do it twice a year!
Maybe next year we'll have some pictures taken from a satellite.... that would be really cool!

Posted by Anamaria March 31, 09 10:35 AM

All my life we have been conservative by turning off unnecessary lights, not letting water run, etc. for two reasons. 1) to save money and 2) to refrain from wasting these gifts that are such a blessing in our lives. The pictures were fantastic and I enjoyed them so much: however, more and more scientists are saying that the earth is cooling not warming. I feel that the things that man can do or not do have very little effect on our earth.
Use what has been given you thankfully and rest in the fact that in the end we who acknowledge our creator are going to enjoy a new atmosphere and a new earth.

Posted by Joy Leopold March 31, 09 10:35 AM

I have to agree with Drew who posted on March 31, 09 01:54 AM. Seeing the earth's major cities dim would be an exciting experience but I would also like to see the difference in energy usage on this date (reports from energy companies). Looking forward to Earth Hour 2010!

Posted by Sue March 31, 09 10:35 AM

maybe earth hour should be done once per month until somthing is done

Posted by WE THE PEOPLE March 31, 09 10:39 AM

wow, the feeling is awesome!!!
let's make this into our everyday life.

Posted by earth rocks! March 31, 09 10:39 AM

Those are beautiful.. I was right there in Niagra, I should've stayed an extra couple hours to watch canada's skyline go dark!

Posted by Katts March 31, 09 10:44 AM

Thank you! Gracias! Merci! Danke! Grazie! 感謝の 感谢 شكرت أنت! Dank u! Σας ευχαριστούμε! Obrigado! Вы! Tacka dig!

Posted by Berg March 31, 09 10:52 AM

Love it!!!

Posted by Sondra York March 31, 09 10:56 AM

these pictures are awesome well umar bhai zardari always have earth hour in pakistan hahah

Posted by muzamil abbasi March 31, 09 11:00 AM

Its amaizing to respet things that we have and let our busy brains think for some Laks

Posted by Amir Hadi Rashidi March 31, 09 11:00 AM

I was very proud to be a member of God's wordly family on earth on such a momentous occasion.

Posted by Brad March 31, 09 11:00 AM

This is what it will take be responsible going forward. carl millwood

Posted by carl millwood March 31, 09 11:01 AM

My husband and i turned off all the lights in the house and unplugged the computers, toasters and cell phone chargers. When I looked outside our quiet, suburban neighborhood was mostly unlit. We did cheat a bit and watched a few minutes of TV in bed, in the dark. It was fun

Posted by Julia March 31, 09 11:03 AM

you couldn't have made it much longer...

Posted by Kelsea Jones March 31, 09 11:09 AM

Hey guys when is earth hour? I want to turn off the lights on my house. Is it tonight at 8:30pm? I can't wait!! I'll send a photo to be included in that list since my house is also big. It's a 4 bedroom house with 2 baths and we just got it. it has lots of lights and we still use non-florescent lights, shame, shame..

Posted by Ligon Dafferty March 31, 09 11:12 AM

We had a great time playing Yahtzee by candle light. Came 8:30 I looked out all my windows to see that none of my neighbors were participating. Why not?

Posted by Valerie Johnson March 31, 09 11:15 AM

I am so glad that people are getting on the move and expressing their love for the earth. It is a grand place to be and so appreciated. As a person, I do all the green that I can and encourage my family to do so.
God has told us to take care of the earth.

Posted by Dorothy March 31, 09 11:15 AM

It was wonderful, but why can't we do this once a week? Or a month even? If only we could unite this often on other issues of importance...

Posted by Stefanie March 31, 09 11:16 AM

HA Global Warming HA HA HA - but hey im still all for conserving, but global warming no... I like the scientists who are on their way to the North Pole to take studies of how global warming is effecting our environment and 1 of them has already gotten frost bite AND they are out of supplies because its so cold! Yup good ole gobal warming!

but keep up the conservation. I see nothing wrong with doing our part to be smart and use our resources wisely, but Al Gore is joke just like global warming

Posted by matt March 31, 09 11:18 AM

I'm looking at the photos, and kinda wondering whether we need those spotlights on the attractions on. Never mind the energy savings and carbon footprint - there's a huge amount of light pollution with that kind of lighting.

Posted by daletan March 31, 09 11:19 AM


Posted by Nina Berbic, March 31, 09 11:23 AM


In Spain, we also contributed in the Earth Hour 2009.

Posted by Pablo March 31, 09 11:24 AM

Nice, but what would really be impressive would be pictures of the World's Capitals on/off. Of course, one could say most of the government minds in those cities are already "turned off"...sigh...

Posted by L'Âme Erranté March 31, 09 11:32 AM

I turned all of my internal and external lights on during Earth Hour to make up of for some of the sheep in my city that took part. One light burned out about half way through the hour, but I am still proud of my efforts.

The sheer arrogance of the people that organize these events only makes me laugh. If you honestly believe that anything you do (or don't do) has any lasting effect on this planet that has been around millions of years before you and will be around millions of years after you, you are sadly mistaken. Keep up with the token gestures, but remember, the Earth doesn't care about you nearly as much as you care about it.

Posted by Chuck March 31, 09 11:34 AM

Let's do this more often and/or make it the norm, we really don't need everything lit up all the time do we?

Posted by Patricia Moser March 31, 09 11:37 AM

Some comments said it is more beautiful with the lights on - I COMPLETELY DISAGREE! I think the lights off make each picture look infinitely more beautiful, the play of small lights on water is just stunning.
I believe the main Temple in Salt Lake City turns off its lights at 10:00 pm - enough to give tourists a pretty view, and yet saves energy and gives back the darkness.
No, one hour is not enough - but this may convince more cities to turn out the lights every night at a certain time.

Posted by Nancy March 31, 09 11:40 AM

Oh, you environmentalist fanatic should at least be positive that other than your group people still think about the earth. May be they did not act upon their concern everyday and are going to continue living their lives wasting electricity after this event. Its still better than nothing. This event is really great, you should not discourage and think of it as a waste of time or a mere act of hypocrisy. It's that exact kind of attitude that makes any of your big solutions and shout outs to be ignored. Wake up! May be the other earth people was not ready for a big commitment like you do. This small events is a genius way to show that little things can also help the earth. This might actually work better if we increase the frequency gradually. Most people are afraid of drastic changes. But if we do it together, little by little, then we will get there. And we will get there together. I believe so. You should to.

Posted by Asha March 31, 09 11:41 AM

it turned out very cool, but i wish it was more than once a year...
everyone needs to change their lifestyle to save energy/ find renewable resources to do

Posted by Loving God's Earth March 31, 09 11:44 AM

earth hur was so much fun. my boyfriend and I spent the entire time talking, it gave a good chance to catch up. I'm glad I was a part of it.

Posted by Ariel March 31, 09 11:50 AM

OH ALAN (post 464)... Sorry buddy, you're the one who is misinformed.

The science is NEITHER clear NOR irrefutable. There are still plenty of reputable scientists who have dissenting views on the man-made global warming:

This isn't to say it's not happening at all, but it's wrong and dangerous to claim that this is all an "irrefutable" fact! Don't just buy what you're being fed by politicians and activists who have their own agendas.

Posted by Skeptic March 31, 09 11:50 AM

Wonderful pictures. My husband and I turned off the lights and played cards by candlelight. We went outside to check out the neighbor hood and no one else had turned off their lights. Maybe next year.

Posted by Liz in Huntsville, AL March 31, 09 11:50 AM

great job everyone. We rock canada

Posted by Chelsea Traichel March 31, 09 11:54 AM

Back to the Dark Ages to you all. You are so educated. If any of you Earth Hour people want less carbon dioxide in the air you would do two things. 1st: You would demand Nuclear power plants be built instead of torn down. 2nd: You would not exhale. Do you understand you are saying what plants breath is somehow a pollutant to the planet. I am happy plants do not take it personally an curb their O2 output.

Posted by Sactosam March 31, 09 11:56 AM

The Power Consumption of New Delhi, India was fell by 1,000 MW. This country participated so actively & their is not a single snap of India here.....

Hope it would be on the web page--

Posted by Ankur March 31, 09 11:58 AM

An awesome display of unity to the fact that we need to look after our planet. It will only help when we actually practice energy conservation in our daily life.

Posted by Masood Roashan March 31, 09 12:03 PM

Finally, I can witness the growing up of the civilisation. This leads me to believe that our children will have an intelligent approach toward the energy and conserve enrgy from the criminal waste. I Pray god that this continues on a weekly basis and for more hours. We hqave no RIGHT to waste the resources bestowed upon us inconditionally.

Posted by Kirit Shah March 31, 09 12:05 PM

I loved being a part of Earth Hour 2009-I agree with everyone who says 1 hour a year isnt enough and that we should do this more often>>but most people on this planet are too unappreciative to even think of such>>Nevertheless I hope Earth Hour is even bigger next year and for all those with nothing good to say on here >>> why did you even waste your time writing your comments- you obviously have nothing better to do with you time- pity >>Go Earth Hour!! =)

Posted by tiara March 31, 09 12:05 PM

How about Earth hour each day?
Too much too ask?
I think not.

Posted by Mort March 31, 09 12:15 PM

To 407:

The point of this event is to make people aware that there is a problem, that more than a few people care and that if we join together we CAN make a difference. Maybe not everyone that turned off their lights carry green lifestyles but I'm sure it has helped change the habits of quite a few just by making them aware of what is going on, that people care and that it is easy to make these changes. If we don't take at least 1 step towards change how are we supposed to get there...even if one person does one green thing is better than nothing. If you look back, you will see that there are quite a lot of changes in people's habits, and it took a lot for us to get where we are, being through education, propaganda or events like this, but we are here and there is a lot more to do still. So how about stopping being so negative and actually doing something about it...your attitude seems like an excuse for not doing anything "why do this if no one else is going to do it? What can one person do?" Why are you even writing a comment if you don't care about these type of events? If you don't care, don't ruin it for everybody else who does believe that we can actually change things. And for your information, I kept the lights off way past the dark, when there is nothing else around to see or distract you, that is when you really see what you need to see. You should try it sometime...

Posted by Tavi31 March 31, 09 12:15 PM

I love these pictures and I am so happy that Boston finally agreed to partcipate in it! However, I am confused as to why I can see amazing pictures from all over the world yet not one picture of Boston? I have yet to find pictures of the landmarks in Boston either before and after, or just partcipating?

Posted by Meghann March 31, 09 12:19 PM

I see a great deal of skepticism in some of the comments. I would like those who are posting all the negative comments that “the journey of a thousand miles…” begins with a single hour of darkness. Third World Chick, the process to make solar panels involves some of the most toxic chemicals known to man, and they are attached to lead, NMH or Li-Ion batteries. They are controlled by some form of electronics which contain metal solder, boards that contain mercury, etc. We are ALL polluting in some form or fashion. No one, and I mean no one has a invisible foot print. We are not saving the earth, we are saving our children. Like the comedian George Carlin said, “When the earth is sick of us, she will shake us off like a bad case of fleas!”

Posted by alex in illinois March 31, 09 12:29 PM

At 8:00pm we turned off the lights and played games with our 2 1/2 year old. He went to bed in the dark. We stayed up until midnight with the lights out. When I got up at 7am all the electricity was out!!! LOL At 4am a storm knocked out all the power until 12:30pm. Somy Earth Hour was 16 1/2 hours!!!!

Posted by Jim Decker March 31, 09 12:31 PM

Earth hour every day IS too much to ask

Posted by John March 31, 09 12:32 PM

Great photos!

Embarrassing that most of the U.S. completely ignored this, and in Los Angeles they turned it into yet another corporate event designed to sell worthless crap and promote bad music.

Posted by brad March 31, 09 12:32 PM

Photos are incredible. The "fade" is crucial is seeing the radical change.
We REMEMBER visuals. Millions who see these images will be inspired. Some will want to join next year for the planet, others because they SEE how major businesses are participating, entire cities getting involved, and they will want to be be included in the "Dark Display" (hmmm, what tower did NOT turn off lights on the Vegas Strip? Bad for business, folks, very bad impression of NOT caring or being involved.)
Let us hope this grows...logarithmically!! And ultimately, we will understand the need to conserve our resources ALL of the time.

Posted by Denise L-S. March 31, 09 12:36 PM

I think earth day should be implemented with ourselves on a daily basis. 1 hour per day is not much to ask. Think of what a difference it would make.

Posted by Ricardo March 31, 09 12:37 PM

Well of course the lights go back on and everything goes "back to normal", but Earth Hour is much more of a statement than anything else. It really helps to raise awareness towards how much greenhouse gas is emitted that isn't even necessary!

Posted by Abby H March 31, 09 12:37 PM

I wish Chicago had better weather, last time I was out side sharing the moment with my neighbors that joined me. Ditto on what other said about the photo's provided , click on them and they fade to show the lights going out. I can't wait for next year.

Posted by Sandra Gregornik March 31, 09 12:39 PM

As a Torontonian, I'm embarrased at how little the city did just by viewing the photo.
Other cities put us to shame!

Posted by C March 31, 09 12:42 PM

As always, amazing photos! No one does photo compilations like you do. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Posted by Shawne March 31, 09 12:42 PM

Those were fabulous photos! It may seem like a naive query, but is the hour the same around the world? In which case the maritimes would be turning on their lights as BC turned theirs off. It would be great to see a photo of the earth as the lights went out around it.

Posted by Cheryl Vincent March 31, 09 12:45 PM

We had candel light dinner with my family and couple of friends. It was an awesome experinced to know we are cooperating to help our resources. The Family love the quality time, we even played cards & talked about old times. Can not wait to do it again!!!

Posted by Andrea DeLucia March 31, 09 12:50 PM

WOW!!! Earth hour is one of the coolest greenest things i have ever experienced. I was with my cousins in Jaxonville FL and we turned every single light off in their HUGE house! It was like...........well/////............... AMAZING!!! Why do we have this only once a year???? We should have it like once a month. I LOVED IT!!!! And most of you did to!!!

Posted by Roman March 31, 09 12:56 PM

Don't know if this has been said, but Al Gore left his lights to his house in Nashville glowing! But you sit around with a the cold. THAT's an Inconvenient Truth!

Posted by goldhorse March 31, 09 01:04 PM

Dear people, I don’t understand what is all the fuss about this earth hour, for me it’s of no use. Don’t get me wrong I like the fact that people collaborate together for sustainability. But turning of the lights for one hour doesn’t help at all. It only saves money and not the environment. Now people use batteries and candles instead and those are not much better. It’s more effective if we would work that one hour and spend the money we made on a sustainable power production product and install it permanently. This can be a small solar panel or a wind generator, and this device will then produce electricity all the year and for many years to come. So if we collaborate together and create some large solar fields, we can! one day be without the need for a coal or nuclear power plant. Not even thinking about the new economy that we create.
So for next time make it the “buying a sustainable power product day.” So that we can live via the (3p)² principal.
= People Planet Profit Polluter Pays Principle: The principle that the polluter pays the costs of clearing the problems that are associated with the pollution that has been created for the next generation of people on this planet.

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 01:04 PM

As I clicked each picture more and more tears fell from my eyes. Proud to see Las Vegas supported Earth Hour and Disappointed more US cities did not participate, or were not included in the pictures.

Posted by Maria Startzel March 31, 09 01:08 PM

Why are we wasting time trying to go back to the Stone Age. If people are concerned about conservation find a way produce cheaper cleaner energy, or light bulbs that use less. Turning off the lights is a pointless gesture. The way forward is just that forward not backward. Conservation should be looked at with the understanding that we there is a better way than just doing without. Cars used to get 15 MPG, did we get rid of cars? No we made more efficeient cars. This was a feel good demonstration with no real outcome or benefit.

Posted by Eric March 31, 09 01:10 PM

I hope we all keep this in mind every day. A little conservation on everyones part will go a long way.

Posted by Al Smith March 31, 09 01:12 PM


Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 01:13 PM

Regretably, our use of energy continues to grow. The darkness in these slides is something we need to become accustomed to if we do not:
1. Stop using so much energy, or
2. Stop legislating nuclear, coal and natural gas power stations to the point that they cannot continue to provide our requirements.
We all deserve to live in the dark because we cannot balance these two issues.

Posted by Randy Dean March 31, 09 01:19 PM

Good stewardship of your personal assets and of the things around you is a good idea. However, Al Gore and his idealogues are out to lunch. Gorites do more harm than good, and if Gore has his way a lot of people will be hurt through short-sighted policies.

Posted by John March 31, 09 01:34 PM

The pictures are amazing! Love the before and afters! Thank you for sharing them. I agree, it is ashame that more US locations did not get involved. I did not know about this until I saw a commercial 2 weeks before(not the 2 years before). I did try to spread the word because most people I talked to hadn't heard about it either. We turned out the lights with our company and had green cake and played "Clue" by candlelight. It was alot of fun. I think once a month is not alot to ask. We are making plans to go lights out in PA the same time once a month!

Posted by The Wolf's in PA March 31, 09 01:36 PM

Where is Rio de Janeiro?

Posted by Bruno Lourenço March 31, 09 01:36 PM

Participating in this event made us feel connected to the greater community. I grew up playing with friends in the yard as evening fell and the milky way appreared. No matter what language we spoke or what country we lived in we all gazed upon the same inky star-filled skies. Many can't even see the stars anymore. I don't know the environmental impact of this hour, but perhaps it reminded a few to just enjoy the heavenly universe that's revealed by darkness.

Posted by Anne Marie March 31, 09 01:45 PM

good stuff thanks!

Posted by Al March 31, 09 01:49 PM

I do an earth hour every night for 8 hours....when I go to sleep.

Posted by Matthew March 31, 09 01:50 PM


Posted by JORGE O. March 31, 09 01:51 PM

This should take place on April 1st.
Oh well. Whatever makes you feel good about yourself.
Interesting that Al Gore didn't participate.

Posted by fluwoebers March 31, 09 01:56 PM

Wow, amazing pictures! We participated for the second time, and we're proud to have been a part of it. We will certainly do this again.

Posted by Audrey March 31, 09 02:08 PM

First, let me say, very cool pictures.

Its not embarrassing that most of the US ignored it, what's embarrassing is the rest of the world making a big-to-do about turning off a light switch. If you are REALLY interested in making a REAL statement. Turn off your power for a week. Lets see how you do with no fridge, no AC, no heat, no tv, no charger for your cell phone(gasp!). And don't be hypocritical either, you can't use anything that consumed electricity during that week either so no running (and by running I mean litterally, no using a car either, it uses electricity and toxic lead acid batteries) to McDonalds or the grocery store for supplies. No, turn the faucet off, the water got there from electric pumps.

And since you turned out your lights for earth hour, how about considering the hydrocarbon emissions of all the candles you lit or perhaps that the candle wax is petroleum based (unless you used beeswax candles but of course that required electricity to melt and process so thats a moot point too) or the toxic waste of the batteries you used up in the process.

I am not sure why everyone bats about the banter of earth hour while at the same time advocating running out and taking a picture of the fact you turned the lights out thus using energy stored in NiMh batteries, toxic alkaline batteries or using silver based film (and the resulting chemical process of developing and printing) then use up even MORE electricity by firing up your computer and uploading those photos to a server for everyone to look at. What do you think powers the internet? Oxen? No. Electricity.

Maybe you should consider all the ramifications of what you condone.

Posted by Wolfie March 31, 09 02:09 PM

THis is something I do every evenig in my household. Every evening, sometime after sundown, I go from room to room turning ot all the lights and TV and computer monitors and so forth. Then I light a candle and a stick of incense on the shrine and say prayers to my yidam (personal god-form, Black Dzambhala, Lord of the Hidden Treasures of the Earth, spiritual and material, in this case) It was good to know that around the world I was being joined in my custom for at least one night...

Posted by Brett Breitwieser March 31, 09 02:11 PM

ok official pat yourself on the back and feel special day is over.
if you really cared about "saving the world" you would set aside your wants and you would be living in a third world country, avoiding all forms of waste -if you really cared.
self denial is not the act of removing something for something else, it's complete denial, that means you wouldnt be doing it for that subconscious high you get when you do something you think is awesome and trendy. if you really wanted to deny yourself something for a greater cause you would feel yourself denied. you wouldnt be giggling waiting to turn on a switch, you would be DENYING YOURSELF hungry and cold and dirty, because you care about the environment

i bet you feel proud, i bet you got a little high off of how proud you were.

but i've been told my whole life that turning lights on and off unnecessarily causes a power surge, so was this really helpful?
also power companies did not produce less energy, less was used. congratulations on wasting a resource you're trying to save. while you're at it, take the gasoline out of your hybrid cars and pour it on baby seals, if it's not in your car you wont be hurting hte environment.
ideas like this only prove your nee d for self importance

Posted by mehmeh March 31, 09 02:14 PM

We totally forgot about it. Rats! It really wouldn't have effected our personal evening anyway (other than in the grand scheme) because we have all our lights off after 8:00 every night.

Posted by gregg March 31, 09 02:22 PM

Many of our neighbors participated. As did Chicago - big time!
We have been very frugal for years with energy use. If we are not in
a room, the lights are not on. When we are away on holiday, all the
clocks are unplugged. When the computer is not in use, it is off.
The TV is not on unless someone is watching it. We don't need
the noise for company.
Next year, please include a photo of our beautiful city - Chicago.

Posted by Bev. March 31, 09 02:29 PM

Wow! Awesome!

Posted by Prarthna Naidu March 31, 09 02:33 PM

SUCH a cool effect. thanks so much for making the fade possible!

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 02:34 PM

For Earth Hour all our electricity went off at 6pm (luckily we had just finished cooking dinner) and remained off for seven hours, which meant it stayed off at our house until the next morning. A couple hundred of our neighbors joined in. Too bad it was cloudy that night , we made a nice black spot on the earth's surface. I agree that it should be done more often.

Posted by Linda March 31, 09 02:35 PM

can i just say that this is amazing and i feel wonderful to be a part of this amazing planet. =)

Posted by Summer March 31, 09 02:35 PM

let's do it more often!

Posted by sand March 31, 09 02:38 PM

Rediculous! An offence against the real meaning of fighting light-pollusion!
Not to mention that we saw only some big buildings turning the lights off...
Give me a break... And not for just an hour!!!

Posted by Sia March 31, 09 02:39 PM

Turned off lights and sat in my dark quiet house listening to the the stillness and occasional movement of one of my cats and dogs . There was something wonderfully spiritual and humbling about the experience Smile .

Posted by Jackie March 31, 09 02:47 PM

My husband and I participated for the second year in a row...wish more people became aware as it just takes a few to pass on the tradition. We just sat and talked in the dark (except for 2 candles). Hopefully, next year will be even better.

Posted by Julie Parker March 31, 09 02:49 PM

A Terra precisa continuar habitável ao homem, para que ele tenha tempo de, coexistindo com ela, aprender a viver com o seu semelhante.

Posted by amaro siqueira barros March 31, 09 02:49 PM

I decided to not turn any lights on as the sun went down and kept it that way the rest of the night. I also switched off all the electrical equipment in the house including my phones. It was wonderful to enjoy the peace and quiet and to turn it into an Earth Night instead of just one hour. I fell asleep at 9:30 and got the best nights sleep in a while. However, sadly as I watched out my window to see if others in my town would be joining me that night, I thought maybe the town would go dark at 8:30 but I saw no change. I felt solo in my efforts on a local level but enjoyed knowing I was part of a global initiative. Thanks to WWF for organizing this and keeping us all up to date hour by hour on facebook!

Posted by Stacie Shepp March 31, 09 02:51 PM


Posted by Charlotte Swartz March 31, 09 03:00 PM

What about New York? Did they participate? I didn't even know this was happening.

Posted by Eliza March 31, 09 03:01 PM

For Earth Hour we turned off all our lights and left the house. We usually leave on at least one or two. I think that if we continue to have Earth Hour every year it will become a much larger event and more people will do it. Anytime we bring attention to how much energy we are using it makes people aware of how much each person contributes to global warming. It's wonderful that the whole world participated. Also, what a great effect to show the lights going on and off. It would be better if all the lights were turned off, but we have to start somewhere.:)

Posted by Barbara Ehrentreu March 31, 09 03:02 PM

Very moving and impressive photos. I joined in by turning my lights, tv, pc etc. out and was sad to see most of my neighbors and the buildings I could see downtown did not -- but maybe next year they will realize the gravity of the situation we ALL face and rather than ignoring or ignorantly politicizing this crisis, they will join in efforts to try to prolong the viability of the planet we all share.

Posted by J N Petzak March 31, 09 03:03 PM

I wish there was a photo of the Chicago skyline here! The weather wasn't really being nice enough to go downtown and hang out outside, but my friend from Michigan was in town visiting (she hadn't even heard of Earth Hour!) so we turned of everything in my apartment and found a local restaurant that was participating. We had a wonderful candle lit dinner with several other groups that had done the same thing!
I agree that Earth Hour may not actually do any good as far as emissions but it's more about getting more people involved in little ways and making people aware. That's the point. Maybe someday ignorance will be defeated.

Posted by Bekki March 31, 09 03:04 PM

I brought candles and flashlights to a dinner party for the hour, but we ended up keeping the lights out all night. It was a BLAST!

Posted by ryan gray March 31, 09 03:07 PM

I love Earth Hour and wish was done more. My friends and I got together and played a fun conversation kind of game by candlelight. I think even the people that weren't hip to it enjoyed it.
When you look at the pics though does make you wonder why so much electricity is being used. Some of it seems so extreme.. We can all minimize everyday to make a difference insome way.

Posted by K-ann March 31, 09 03:11 PM

but turn off lights at all these major momuments doesn't do near enough.
If one looks at the background lights from the far area, I hardly see any reduction.
Is it because of longer exposure required or simply the backgrounds are just as bright. We need to turn off lights at homes, where most people are at around 8:30 pm.

Posted by Louie March 31, 09 03:12 PM

i agree... this should go on more often.

Posted by Caroline Myers March 31, 09 03:24 PM

I wish the N.York towers were among these gorgeous pictures!!
However,I am happy that Acropolis stands proud above!

Posted by Sofia Zissi March 31, 09 03:26 PM

I don't want this to come out wrong, but how much power was wasted in firing everything back up? I'm not making a statement, just asking?

Did we use more power by having to push all that electricity back into the system than just by leaving it on?

Again, just asking the question, not making any general accusations.

Posted by Guy with a question March 31, 09 03:27 PM

I would like to tell post 407 (Me, myself, and Irene) that yes, actually there are a lot of people who do care about making the world a better placed to live. They actually do give "a rat's ass", as I do. Hence the coordinating of EARTH HOUR. If you did not figure this out, the purpose of Earth Hour is for awareness. It is the principle of the matter. Yes, I think we all contribute to GLOBAL WARMING, but the point of EARTH HOUR is to educate people that there are things we can do to minimize our contribution to the problem (CLIMATE CHANGE). Also, yes actually there are a lot of us out there who do change habits to become more environmentally friendly. Do you deny that it is a good thing to be ecologically sound? In a perfect world, we could use all of the planet's resources to no end and there would be absolutely no consequences for our actions. The reality is that we DO NOT live in a perfect world. Only fools think that mankind can rape the Earth and everything is going to be just fine. Sorry jabronis, but it just does not work that way.

Posted by John March 31, 09 03:30 PM

I say, turn them off every night after eleven.

Posted by F Mahmood March 31, 09 03:31 PM

This is promising and a great proof of that it works!
Your all welcome to read my post about how we did it in Norway:

Posted by RennyBA March 31, 09 03:38 PM

Here's what San Francisco did...

Disappointing to see the city didn't really darken at all - next year needs more publicity

Posted by Ian Wright March 31, 09 03:42 PM

For the detractors, I would say to you you should at least support those who at least tried something!. For the pictures, it shows just how much energy is wasted. Even when some of the major lights were shut off, you could see just how many lights are still on! Are those even necessary? More awareness will lead to more action. This will take effort on everyone's part...... especially the nay sayers!!

Posted by Ron March 31, 09 03:42 PM

Why can't the lights be turned out every night from 12:00 to 5:00 a.m. How much energy could be saved then. I would love for the entire world to shut off the useless lights that show off buildings and their flower beds every night. What a difference that would make for all, animals incuded.

Posted by Jen March 31, 09 03:42 PM

Turn them off and save the world "great show"

Posted by Patricia Field March 31, 09 03:55 PM

I found myself a little uneasy not being able to work on homework for my graduate course work and teaching internship but, my son and I made a commitment to lights out! We had a great time playing checkers in the candle light and lost track of time. Looking forward to getting my school and other families involved next year. Every little bit helps to reduce our carbon foot print. :)

Posted by Heidi Taylor March 31, 09 03:58 PM

Earth (half-) hour every day! Why not GO for it?

Posted by Elena,Greece March 31, 09 04:01 PM

I agree that we should do this more often! This is amazing. We should do this at least once a month! It's only an hour! That's nothing! Anyways, how do we do something like that?

Posted by Marlon March 31, 09 04:01 PM

This is totally awesome.
I'm so proud to be an Austalian, knowing that it all started in Aus in 2007!!!

Posted by Alison Cameron March 31, 09 04:08 PM

it would be nice if 88 countries around the world could band together and make a stand on more of the globle concerns that we face today. earth day is a good start. my girls and i sat in the dark with flash lights and played yahtezz.

Posted by brynn March 31, 09 04:09 PM

according to Glenn Beck, this was a failure.
It's odd how a demonstration on conserving money and electricity is somehow worthy of ridicule by simpletons.

Posted by Mizry March 31, 09 04:12 PM

GREAT; AWESOME !! Yet there are some that still don't believe the Earth is warming just because the North Pole is still cold. When the North Pole is warm, life on Earth will be well on its way to EXTINCTION. Let us NOT THINK like FOOLS!

Posted by Paul March 31, 09 04:14 PM

A stupid experiment, for no good reason. If there is global warming, it's a natural occurance, and NOT man made. Just bad science.

Posted by Wayne Thomas March 31, 09 04:14 PM

to 573
just my words...but just an all the coutryes we have some people who think it will be nice, so they could do something wihtout been seen...if you know what i mean???

Posted by peebee March 31, 09 04:19 PM

NOT BAD SCIENCE!! Most scientists already agree that Global Warming is REAL.

There are only BAD FOOLS!

Posted by Paul March 31, 09 04:20 PM

Oh complainers and nay-sayers, SYMBOLISM is important to any movement. If we're going to make the change we need to keep human life thriving on this planet, we need to have a vision that we carry in our hearts. This Earth Hour, and these gorgeous photos, help me keep that vision. If it doesn't work for you, fine, but nitpicking about the battery power necessary to take the photos is totally beside the point. So is fretting about whether this is enough. It's not intended to save energy in itself, much less stop global warming. It's a little poetry added to the grim march of scientific findings and political wrangling, and I say bless it and the people who made it happen!

Posted by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern March 31, 09 04:33 PM

What about Chicago we did it to

Posted by basia March 31, 09 04:33 PM

In South Africa we are always on conservation since it is a water poor country. Yes, we know what it is to go without the electrical freebies. Earth Hour shows the relevance of switching off lights. All over the world most power come from coal fired stations. For a country of about 40 - 50 million we saved 400 MWatt = 8 - 10 watt/person/hour.

If we switch off one 60 watt globe for one hour every day, we will save 60x365x40 000 000/1 000 000 = 876 000 Mega Watt per year. Talk about waste! We could be filthy rich and cough less. Good idea to make it a daily habit.

Posted by Chris Kirsten March 31, 09 04:35 PM

Next year let's try for an hour and a half.

Posted by Jennifer March 31, 09 04:38 PM

I think Earth Hour is a worthwhile way of raising awareness. I've always felt that symbolic efforts are useful, not just because they may be able to inspire large-scale, coordinated efforts on the part of government and corporations, but because they can inspire people and neighborhoods--which is ultimately the way change has to happen.

What surprised me, though, was how much more moving the sight of the ancient buildings were when they *weren't* illuminated. They seem so mysterious and impressive, the way an ancient Greek might have seen the Parthenon, or someone from the Middle Ages looking up at their cathedral. History looks pretty good in person.

And whose idea was it to light up poor old Big Ben in a stripe of fluorescent green? If that's a "green" message, it's just ironically, pathetically wrong.
And ugly.

Posted by Sue Delaney March 31, 09 04:38 PM

My best friend and I contributed to Earth Hour by playing Sorry and listening to music from her Zen for one hour. :] It went by really fast but it was tons of fun. I'm already excited for next year. :]

Posted by Monica March 31, 09 04:40 PM

Iread through a lot of these posts avoiding the negatives and the sceptics. How could they be so blind? Then I decided to face it and read them. Something puzzled me and then the penny dropped. The reason they are so ugly is the fear they conceal. Fear that this may really be happening to us (it is, we did it) and it is better to run away from it all.

After the catastrophe, the only thing that saves your conscience is the knowledge that you did all you could to prevent it. Otherwise you live with it till you die. Nice way to go, innit?

Posted by Chris Kirsten March 31, 09 04:52 PM

this is hypocracy. Most of the lights that were off were lights that shouldn't be on to begin with. Show me a city were every light was off (EVERY!) and I will say that city participated. anything else is hypocracy.

Posted by Thunderclap March 31, 09 04:54 PM

to bad Al Gore didn't turn his lights off!!

Posted by Glenn March 31, 09 05:01 PM

It was fun. My bf and I turned off the power and had a few beers by candlelight. :)

Posted by Whitney March 31, 09 05:02 PM

To all of you who want to do it more often, who's stopping you? Do it anytime you want in your own house. If you are worried about what YOU can do, then why do you have to wait for someone else to demand it be done? As for me, I like electricity, a/c, etc.

Posted by Donna March 31, 09 05:10 PM

we also contributed in the Earth Hour 2009
Great moment...and beautiful pictures

Posted by Nel March 31, 09 05:29 PM


Posted by JESUS DORANTES March 31, 09 05:36 PM

Read the bible. Its only going to get worse my friends. The condition of the earth is in gods hands, not ours. Although we can do little things to help, in the grand scheme of things, we are doing nothing.

Posted by Servant March 31, 09 06:02 PM

I'm surprised about all of the negative comments from people who don't believe in global warming. Whether or not you believe that humans are driving climate change past normal conditions, which i personally firmly believe, you still have to see the financial merit of turning off all those lights and continuing to do so in the future. Think of how much money was collectively saved worldwide during the event!

Posted by KJ March 31, 09 06:04 PM


Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 06:07 PM

This are wonderful pictures! I'm enjoyed all of them and am very, very happy Earth Hour 2009 was successful. I know that my friends and I had a lot of fun, we sat around the fire and played games for most of the night.

Posted by Audrey March 31, 09 06:08 PM

We had so much fun as a family playing board games in the dark by candle light that we have decided to make it a weekly ritual.

Posted by Judy March 31, 09 06:12 PM

i participated in earth hour this year and it was a lot of fun
im definitely going to do it next year

Posted by katie schedcik March 31, 09 06:12 PM

Chuck, you're either a young kid or an idiot (or both). And yes, we care more about the earth than the earth caring about us, but isn't this event about us caring about the earth? I don't think the earth cares whether it's lit up or not.
Anyway, I think this is a really cool event and I hope it helps raise awareness throughout the world. Now if we could only get the US to charge for plastic bags like they do in Europe and educate kids like Chuck... =)

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 06:12 PM

Do nothing but strive to find inner peace - for one hour.

6 billion people all at the same time wanting peace will change the planet for humans as well as for all and everyone else.

Posted by krabat March 31, 09 06:14 PM

Hey moron oil comes from the earth, so why don't we start dumping it on your front lawn? It's from the earth right - what's the harm? Your comment about Co2 is what plans breathe therefore it must not be a problem is easily the dumbest thing I have read this decade. Do the planet a favor and remove yourself from the gene pool... permanently.

Posted by Come See Me March 31, 09 06:17 PM

My friend Kate informed me about this event and invited me over with my son Eric and sister Patricia. It was fun lighting candles in preparation but sad to see most people around us seemed unaware of this event. If it has not been broadcast on TV then may I suggest it is for 2010! For those who think it's a waste or you purposely kept all of your lights lit during that hour (how sad for you) I'd bet you throw your trash out your car windows and think nothing of that either! What do they say about one bad apple? I say we need to ALL do our part and if it means sitting in the dark for one hour a year I'm in!!!!!! And everyone else should be too!

Posted by Marianne March 31, 09 06:20 PM

Great images. Good to see Earth Hour being represented all over the Globe. Hopefully people, corporations and politicians will be able to work together to ensure that we look after our planet and reduce the impact of climate change.

Posted by Paul Morris March 31, 09 06:20 PM

Stop. Think.... If we had fewer (city) lights at night then we can all see more of the universe. So many stars get obliterated from our vision by unnecessary light pollution. I'd like to believe it would increase the sense of awe in all of us if we really saw the universe every night.

Posted by Jed March 31, 09 06:23 PM

Part of that night, helped me stop worrying about this and that, how much my life is consumed with electronics and my life with my friends and family is so much more important. Now a days we are so busy with work, and then we come home to tired to spend time with each other and more consumed with whats going on in the internet world. Doing this has helped me spend an hour with my loved one and friends. Letting us have some fun and also help the environment. An hour is a lot to some people, so for us it was a big thing, we had a small party and had candles and we played a board game that we had for years that glowed in the dark that we never opend. It gave us a chance to remember whats outside the box.

Posted by Antoinette March 31, 09 06:24 PM

In response to Chuck's comment, I have to say..."wow." :( Chuck, I think you missed the point. We aren't "sheep" just because we want to effect positive change on the planet. Trying to make a difference is often challenging but is definitely still worth a try. If you never try to make a difference, why would you expect anything to change or get better? Things don't magically change without help.

Also, I think that turning ON all of your lights was a spiteful thing to do. It's fine if you don't agree with the rest of us but why would you choose to try to thwart our efforts? That's the part I don't understand. Even if you think that we won't make a difference, I still don't understand why you would try to stop, or botch, something that is trying to accomplish something GOOD.

Posted by Cat March 31, 09 06:27 PM

Cheers to you Chuck (post 500), I am glad to know there will always be dudes like you around. Thanks to people like you I like my dog a little more everyday.
Great to have you on earth Chuck.

More seriously it was a great night, I vote for doing this more often.

PS:Chuck, make sure you install extra light fixtures, we ALL count on you to spend what we save.

Posted by Finn March 31, 09 06:28 PM

People who say global climate change doesnt exist need to wake their asses up. Sorry, but its true, because everything we do in our culture is usustainable, and alot of it leads to the production of gases and particles that destroy our ozone and pollute our world. Earth hour is a symbol-not done to put a stop to negative actions at that very moment-but to bring awareness to ignorant dumbasses and uneducated fools who don't believe what we are doing is wrong! Things arent going to get better immediately, but with enough people who care about the survival of the planet as a whole, maybe one day it will.

Posted by kw March 31, 09 06:35 PM

Personally, a city's personality is defined by the city lights.
It says OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Energy=$ + Darkness= Crime.
Lighting designers have been promoting energy efficiency lamps, fixtures and application techniques LONG before it was trendy. Many misguided folks are spendy a lot of wasteful money TO BE GREEN. Just Be responsible - when no one is looking! Hire the right person for the right light. Install a dimming system- it can automatically maintain ,dim lts and even manage the heating/cooling.
The images are fantastic..( before & afters) ..Boston had a lighting festival (illuminaleboston)last Oct -- using energy efficient equipment-but only for a moment and the City was dark again.

Posted by moose2009 March 31, 09 06:36 PM

These pictures are truly amazing! If more and more countries and organizations would turn off all unnecessary lighting in their buildings and various other structures for just the hour on Earth Hour day, I'm certain that enough energy would be conserved to possibly supply energy to tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands or even millions of homes. Imagine how green our Earth will become if this was done every night after people have gone to sleep? It would have been a more convincing article if some statistics and numbers were given. Nevertheless, great job!

Posted by Jimmy March 31, 09 06:40 PM

I thought Earth Hour was great, simply because it promotes awareness of the seriousness of our situation with global warming. We enjoyed the time listening to the night sounds and looking at the night sky, what a treat. I think everyone should try it. Thanks for a job well done; photos are amazing!

Posted by Carol Dreith March 31, 09 06:40 PM

Hooray!!!! for Earth Hour, but that's just a drop in the ocean. If you really care about this planet, stop driving those gigantic SUVs. I've seen a lot of them able to fit eight passengers but driven only by one occupant. What are these characters trying to prove? That they have a lot of money to burn?

Posted by Elvira Madigan March 31, 09 06:45 PM

That was awesome! i wonder how much money they saved in electricity bills. and i wish i had a bird's eye view of the world that would have been awesome i bet God enjoyed the show =]

Posted by Nancy March 31, 09 06:50 PM

Oh... My... Goodness! That was truly Amazing! I'm not just thrilled when the lights went out after you clicked each picture, but the beautiful places that heed to Earth Hour. WOW!

Posted by Roger Long March 31, 09 07:01 PM

Very cleverly done! It is beautiful to see what can be accomplished if people organize and stick together. I think we got the msg.

Posted by Marian Ross March 31, 09 07:03 PM

My 15 y.o. son and I lounged on the couch, with the dog, by candle light. I told him stories of when he was 2 and 3 y.o.. I had him stretch his brain and try to recall his very first memory. We laughed, we reminisced, it was really nice. So, maybe it didn't make a huge difference. So what, I had a priceless bonding moment with my teenaged son that I will always remember. Hey! I got a teenager to talk! How cool is that? We took that hour (which went by very quickly, by the way) and made a memory. We turned off the TV, the Xbox, the computer, cell phones, DVR and spent time together. I think we should do that every Saturday for exactly one hour. I'll bet it would bring families closer together. Maybe the negative comments I've read here were caused more by people with (what I like to affectionately call) "poo-head" attitudes with high expectations of this event. It was fun and I got some warm fuzzies out of it. It made my son and I stop and think about our world and our lives. Those are good things. So, smile.

Posted by Barb Z - Chicago March 31, 09 07:04 PM

Eath Hour was SO COOL!!! My whole school did it.

Posted by Alex March 31, 09 07:06 PM

Oh my goodness! All of you who are WHINING that Earth Hour means nothing and that all of these cities turning off their lights isn't a big deal obviously know nothing about ACTIVISM. Buts that's okay because I'm going to explain it.

It's a big deal because you do big things to raise awareness-- then do big and small things every day for your cause! There are millions of people who, seemingly, live in a cave when it comes to waste awareness. I myself have friends who seem like perfectly worldly, logical folks who still leave the lights on when they leave the room and haven't changed a single archaic incandescent bulb (UGH!).

This is the type of event that molds the way our children think, the kind that gets attention for grants for better cars, better appliances, new energy and the like. And hay--if it reminds a few folks to turn out the lights and have a [soy] candle light dinner more often, all the better!!! ;-)

Posted by Lisa E March 31, 09 07:20 PM

All is proof!

Posted by Frank Plastic March 31, 09 07:27 PM

I am generally not enthused about gestures, but the fact that so many people took part makes Earth Hour a big statement about international values. After we turned out the lights (turned down the thermostat, powered down the computer) I was cheered to note that some of our neighbors in our generally energy-wasting neighborhood had gone dark too. Maybe, somehow, we humans will manage to do the right thing about global warming.

Posted by Lou Hoover March 31, 09 07:34 PM

genius idea!

Posted by Mary photropics March 31, 09 07:39 PM

To everyone who is worried about global warming:

If you really care about the planet, then sell your cars, move closer to your jobs, and walk to work. Honestly. I'm sick of all of these global warming people who say big things, but don't live up to them. Especially the politicians who made global warming such a big deal (and are the only reason why most people even realize that the earth has been warming up). If the politicians really cared, they would stop flying their own private jets everywhere and start taking commercials flights like the rest of us (with the obvious exception of those who can't for security reasons, like President Obama, for instance).

One more thing, the earth isn't even warming up anymore. See the links below, and the second link sites additional sources.

Still not convinced? Google "Global Cooling" for more evidence from the other side. I think you'll be surprised.

Also, I am not saying that we should just pollute without discretion. On the contrary. We should try to use clean energy more, because it is better for both us (imagine the filth we are breathing in) and the environment.

Posted by PJ March 31, 09 07:57 PM

I think it is a great idea. I asked my husband to participate. He reluctantly did at first as he was in the middle of an episode of cops. He then went out in our front yard and with his boisterous voice said.. "neighbors, turn off your lights for earth hour. My wife is making me do it and you need to do it too. She won't let me watch cops, so turn off your lights... that's the law!" I was laughing so hard I could not stand it. Moments later a couple of houses went dark. Even a house with new residents that we never met. He made his way down and introduced himself. He laughingly asked if it was a law. My husband responded "it is my wifes law". After a half hour past, we laid on the bed and realized how quiet and relaxing it was without the tv and noise. I have done it the last couple of years. What a WONDERFUL AND PRODUCTIVE hour it was. Thanks

Posted by Sandi Goodall - Orlando FL March 31, 09 08:02 PM

I am all for conservation of things we can do to make a difference. I am all for saving our planet, it was given to us to manage and we must do as much as we can not to destroy it, but this global warming panic and this particular Saturday night event are about as stupid as anything I have ever seen. There are as many credible intelligent scientists in the world who will call this global warming thing for what it is a scam as there are scientists who will fight for it. It is totally foolish to follow these fools into the sea as did the rats with the Pied Piper. If the media held the 1st amendment to the U. S. Constitution in reverence, they would allow the other side equal opportunity to tell us as Paul Harvey would say: “Now the rest of the story.”

Wake up people. Be responsible, save, conserve, and be prudent; but don’t be fools and follow these people over the cliff.


Posted by Ken March 31, 09 08:13 PM

How fabulous! I read a book by candlelight for earth hour, it was so peaceful & relaxing. The photos are brilliant & really moving. But i can't help but want to ask the non participants in the photos what their story is.

I have a proposal - if you recognise a place in any photo that hasn't turned their lights off, then write them a letter noting their non involvement & asking them to be part of it next year. Go on!

Posted by Little Willsy March 31, 09 08:34 PM

very impressive... me and my son loved looking at the pictures :-)

Posted by D March 31, 09 08:45 PM

Amazing! Didn't even realize that this would turn into a mega event. I really wish more people are aware of the impacts of climate change and spare a thought for the future generations.

Posted by RM March 31, 09 08:48 PM

Earth Day? Let's make it all the time!

Posted by Mars March 31, 09 08:58 PM

"Click the image to see it fade." How rich with irony we have become. Click you civilization to see it fade...

Posted by vanderleun March 31, 09 09:05 PM

it was a very nice experienced. it really help our mother earth which is our life. saving electricity is the same story saving our future.

Posted by jeffrey March 31, 09 09:14 PM

This is such an amazing event!!! All my friends participated in it after I sent the e-mail out!! This is the first big leap to fighting global warming!!!! I love how it gets bigger every year...its so importaint!

Posted by Sara March 31, 09 09:16 PM

my wife and I lit a few candles and turned off all lights in the house. We went outside and looked around the neighborhood and no one else was dark, what a shame. These pictures around the world are amazing, thanks for sharing...lets get more publicity next year, its just 60 minutes out of a whole year...lets make it happen!
Bill & Brenda Jones
Marietta, Ga

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 09:19 PM

Regardless of whether or not you believe there is a problem - much less if turning off unused lights for an hour helps - coming together with others to support a peaceful cause is a good thing. When is the last time so many people were unified in their thinking AND their actions in a positive effort?

If nothing reading the posts, I see that many people found different ways to take advantage of the "lightless" hour. And enjoyed it!

Personally, I don't give a damn whether it actually helped anything; it made me feel great to be a part of it with all of you who still have the belief that together we can do anything. We do not give up. We do not let naysayers dampen our spirit.

We are not ignorant; we realize that it will take more than turning off lights once a year to have an impact. We DO recycle, we DO use less electricity all year round. We do what we can. But it's going to take EVERYBODY joining the effort to find solutions. And it's going to take EVERYONE believing that there IS a problem. Earth Hour makes us focus - even if only for a short time.

It starts with a small voice, and grows from there.

Posted by Janice March 31, 09 09:35 PM

I think comment No. 522 should be considered by everyone.
Taking our own initiative to switch off everything for half an hour a day also consider sufficient.

Congratulation to everyone!

Posted by Casey Austin March 31, 09 09:51 PM

Why is it necessary to light all these monuments all night long? Looking at these pictures it appeared that when the monuments were unlighted, pedestrians and cars could still move around safely thanks to street lights. I have never understood why office buildings in New York keep all their lights on all night long. Could there not be a certain time in the evening- say midnight when all the lights on the big monuments and office buildings were turned off until dawn? That would save a great deal of electricity and people would hardly suffer. Turning off lights at night would also benefit migrating birds and keep trees and vegetation in cities on a more normal cycle.

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Posted by ARAVIS March 31, 09 10:30 PM

im soo proud of the cities n people that participated in earth hour this year

Posted by ev March 31, 09 10:45 PM

I wish to visit all these cities and take the same scenery pictures in my life!
So far i have been 8 of them.
I wanna go to the remaining cities with my b-jai, maybe not now, but one day =)

Posted by Hon-hon March 31, 09 10:46 PM

Please do this every month or every week or every day, not only slogan specially in the big city which so much useless electricity.

Posted by LENI March 31, 09 10:55 PM

this was great!

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 11:11 PM

Very Very Great .
Save Our Earth !

Posted by Robby Candra March 31, 09 11:28 PM

This movement is really a good symbol of awareness regarding energy conservation. But dont you think we need to move beyond symbolic gestures. we observe this once every year and fool ourselves into believing that we care for the environment. true impact will come only when we make credible changes in our lifestyle.

Posted by Rahul March 31, 09 11:34 PM

this is fabulous

Posted by lorena March 31, 09 11:37 PM

Great to know that many countries prticipated in the event.
keep up the good work.!

Posted by Anand.N March 31, 09 11:55 PM

uuufff me diverti mucho, con ese click on and off, mistras analizaba que manchones se oscurecian... tambien me impresionó la cantidad de luz y edificios iluminados en las grandes cuidades ( de que se ve lindo y algunos artisticos no hay quite) pero que gastdera de energia!!!! deberiamos de hacerlo en todo el mundo cada mes, el primero de cada mes.

Posted by staphanie rucavado March 31, 09 11:59 PM

Amazing pictures! The world is so beautiful! Seen some beautiful structures here that I didn't know existed before. The Water Cube and the Ericsson Globe Arena were especially beautiful (among the new age structures).

Posted by Vijay Padiyar April 1, 09 12:05 AM

that was just a symbolic action, our earth need more real actions...
but proud to be a part of the action, anwy
lets leave the better planet, 4 our children...

Posted by dia April 1, 09 12:07 AM

I can only hope there are more participants next year. As for the people who think this should be done once a month, I completely agress. That would be such a small sacrifice to promote a greater cause. It's a shame more cities didn't participate.

Posted by Bonnie April 1, 09 12:11 AM

Great initiative.
Lets make earth better place to live.

Posted by Hrishi April 1, 09 12:13 AM

very intresting post
nothing changed here(iran) ^^

Posted by Adib April 1, 09 12:47 AM

Thank you all who are participated in this venture. Really it is a great activity as our climate is under threat. Hope it will aware us, and together we can make earth a better place for you and for all the living being.

Posted by Gobinda Pal April 1, 09 12:58 AM

We turned off all of our lights and someone stole the wheels off of our Escalade.

Posted by Beefeater April 1, 09 01:03 AM

And we din't need to do much...we are already facing power shortage and have power failure and load shedding now and then. Hopefully power saved in other places will help us having our power back in the southwest asia.

Posted by Jitu April 1, 09 01:11 AM

Vegas is the most dramatic. The irony is that Vegas gets most (if not all) of it's power from hydroelectric (Hoover Dam), so generating power for it doesn't generate that much carbon. I'm sure Vegas generates more than it's fair share of carbon emissions in other ways though.

Posted by Hal April 1, 09 01:26 AM

Leave it to the Americans to turn off the lights, but leave the giant JumboTron on...we should change the creed from "In God We Trust" to "Look at us and our huge egos"

Kind of missed the point.

Posted by qdome April 1, 09 01:32 AM

I did not participate because I participate every other day. We need to get out a better message than this -- not just a "one day a year for an hour" and your conscience is clean.

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Posted by cukiok April 1, 09 01:40 AM

This is like a small drop that's a part of the surging sea-waters....
Nonetheless, this small initiative will go a long way in leaving this planet a much better place to live for our children.
But we need to do a lot more to protect our earth.

Posted by Rajashree B Mustafi April 1, 09 01:56 AM

I hope more and more pepole partiicipant in this activities in the nest year, it's not nonly just for earth, but more for ourselves

Posted by Stan April 1, 09 02:13 AM

Amazing pictures..
But why to save our earth only one day that too for only one hour. This should be done atleast daily, may be not at the peak time but at times which is feasible.
Only this way we can help to save our earth.

Posted by Deepali April 1, 09 02:31 AM

I liked Earth Hour and surely support its cause, as it promotes collective awareness to make effort to sustain civilisation on this planet. We need to conserve all its natural resources. It includes forests, plant-&-animal life, ground water, and minerals. More than switching off the lights, we must make changes in our lifestyle to reduce consumption of water. Like 'switch off the lights' campaign, we could also have ' no shower' or, 'no car' day, but that would be difficult to observe, I guess. However, this 'Earth Hour' does help in making people collectively think about making changes in our lifestyle & technology to sustain life on this beautiful planet.

Posted by S Lahiri April 1, 09 02:31 AM

Amazing pictures..
But why to save our earth only one day that too for only one hour. This should be done atleast daily, may be not at the peak time but at times which is feasible.
Only this way we can help to save our earth.

Posted by Deepali April 1, 09 02:31 AM

Amazing pictures! I wish to visit all these cities and take the same scenery pictures in my life!

Posted by Rakesh Bhat April 1, 09 02:35 AM

Very funny,& silly too ( if somebody would tell you,stop drinking,& using toilet water,because some odd tribes,in the middle of a desert lack water ressources,do you think it would help to shut the taps ? As for climate changes,it happened regularly since earth exists...finally the global population,is to reach another trillon of humans,by 2050,or so,imagine how many babies have been conceived,during this dark night ........ ANOTHER PUBLICITY/MARKETTING show,to sell more candles,probablyf

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 02:56 AM

A small initiative to save our earth for our future

Posted by Narahari R Jois April 1, 09 02:59 AM

Its Awsome .... we should spend Earth Hour once in every month ....

Posted by Amitava Ray April 1, 09 03:00 AM

yen mung sedino yo ra kacek,mas!!

Posted by Cahbalapan April 1, 09 03:14 AM

if there were no DARKNESS there were no LIGHT.......

the meaning of the light is within darkness.......

Posted by Aphotic April 1, 09 03:17 AM

should have given a picture of the earth talen from a satellite .
That would show the ultimate effect.
But the momentum should remain.

Posted by somdutta sanyal April 1, 09 03:25 AM

Great initiative. Since morning had planned to switch off but got into the daily humdrum and didn't even realise it was already past 10 pm. Perhaps a governmental participation by way of a brief siren all over the city to mark the start and end of the hour might raise awareness?

Posted by An apologiser April 1, 09 03:26 AM

Indonesia did earth hour too.... I did it too... Let's save the earth!

Posted by Tipoy Cullen April 1, 09 03:30 AM

i think, we can do it, every night during we`re sleep

Posted by oktaweb April 1, 09 03:33 AM

I really agree with 572 (John) about the comment of 407 (Me, myself, and Irene)... I can't even imagine there's someone out there like you-don't give a S#%T to the world. Yes, maybe it doesn't give HUGE impact directly at the right time, but we can help the world -where we all live- by doing little things, like participating in the Earth Hour event. it also can give you benefit to the family relationship, you can have time with families, talking about all the precious memories, etc.. like the comment from 625 (Barb Z).. and Yes I also agree to 625 that only "poo-head" who give all the negative comments to this awful event.
I even think that it must be done more often, like once in a month.. peace..

Posted by ShuangNi-UPG April 1, 09 03:37 AM

Can't they just do this every night???

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 03:42 AM

Glad to see everyone in the world participated in this global initiative. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Arthur Lim April 1, 09 04:29 AM

Amazing and Beautiful Picture'
Wow.. There is also Bunderan HI'

Actually i didn't turn off the light, but when my sista arrive, she's saying "hey.. look outside it's already dark. No others neighbor turn on the light, shut it down girls..."
Shame on me, then i shut it down...' lol

Well.. i didn't know that it's going all over the world.. :p


Posted by Erlfrina April 1, 09 04:34 AM

Me and my better half switched off all lights and almost all electrical appliances and we went for a walk :)... usually we go for a ride on weekends but this time, we decided to take a walk ... thus saving some petrol as well :)

Posted by Ruchi April 1, 09 04:41 AM

C'est tres bien... so happy seeing Indonesia is participating in this big even.. hehehe I turned off my light also even though not all my neighbour do that.. hehe maybe better next year.. for a better world

Posted by milly April 1, 09 04:45 AM

commendable effort

Posted by sumita April 1, 09 04:46 AM

its awsome man!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 04:46 AM

Is it just me or did Toronto look like they switched off a dozen lights? There doesn't appear to be a great deal of change. Unlike Vegas (16), WOW that was a pretty major change! Jakarta (15) seemed to turn off the street lights too, hope there were not too many accidents. The rest of the images also showed a major difference in the light levels, but like many others have commented; not much of a change in the general ambient light from the rest of the city. It is difficult I know as the majority of this light will be from streetlights. Good effort, let's see how much this will highlight (no pun intended) the issue of wasteful power usage.

Posted by Graham April 1, 09 04:48 AM

Cool , It was really great.

Posted by Vadivel April 1, 09 04:50 AM

Well done Jakarta for participating this Earth Hour campaign! Bundaran HI looked really dark at that picture...
I hope more Indonesian cities, more Asian cities, and more World cities will join this campaign next year. Let's save our planet together...!!

Posted by Lim April 1, 09 04:51 AM

During Earth Hour, we were celebrating the first Birthday of our Kid Lakshmi at Indira Nagar Club, Bangalore. All of us were left in dark and most of us kept wondering why there was no backup for the Power Failure..(??!!)
But I still believe its nice to have our event Year marked by this great Initiative(Earth Hour).

Lets hold our selves together for making our planet Earth a Great Place to live...

Posted by Anil Kurup, Chennai April 1, 09 04:53 AM

Collll ....amazing event !!!!

Posted by Jani Asmarani April 1, 09 04:56 AM

DING!(local dialect)

Posted by Ji April 1, 09 05:09 AM

Gorgeous photos. Lets hope we do more of this again!

Posted by Tracey, Worksop, England April 1, 09 05:10 AM

A message to all Governments around the world:
Governments could make alot of money if it instituted fines for big companies who exceeded suggested energy and water limits per sqm!

Why is Earth Hour the exception and not the rule? It makes so much sense to save energy and not light up everything all the time (eg mandate timers that turn off light past midnight). Especially for big corporate buildings!

Posted by D April 1, 09 05:17 AM

this is a classic display of human strenght and humanity. a fight for self existence and survival, a fight for our future and for our kids............ this world is such a beautiful place and this one time human life we have got is even more beautiful............ God knows when the terrorists are going to understand this fact........ Nothing in this world is impossible..........even impossible says I M POSSIBLE :)

Posted by Santosh A Jadhav April 1, 09 05:19 AM

good n nice view city in this world, we can how to make more beauty somewhere place

Posted by eo April 1, 09 05:29 AM

Indeed wonderfull to see the world participating....we need to be united in these efforts as we all are part responsible and guilty for this climatic change, lets do our small bit for the EARTH

Posted by Mithun April 1, 09 05:32 AM

"No need for earth hour in INDIA,By default in INDIA we will have many EARTH HOUR a Day"

Posted by reddy April 1, 09 05:37 AM

hey admirable start...

Posted by Archana April 1, 09 05:48 AM

Actually it were my kids who prompted me to register and participate in the event. Being kids, they just asked me to turn off the lights... but insisted to keep on playing their Playstation during the Hour... we had fun talking about Mother Earth and why we need a liveable planet, during the event that lasted for nearly two hours for us.

Posted by Yoshi April 1, 09 05:50 AM

Why to do it once in year when we can do it atleast once in a month??

Posted by waseem April 1, 09 05:53 AM

I'm In..... :D


Posted by Jimz April 1, 09 05:54 AM

stunning piece of photography!!!!
we in jakarta, Indonesia are done the same thing,
lets make more actions to save mother earth

hidup Indonesia !!!!!

Posted by Priyatna Hadinata April 1, 09 05:56 AM

GO ON each one...

save the earth for the future...

Posted by Jerry April 1, 09 06:00 AM

This whole 'Earth Hour' thing is a great initiative.Now is the time to become responsible and act like a real human instead of blaming nature for the global warming.It's coz of us that the natural balance is disturbed.Lets follow this EARTH HOUR every year and make the world a better place for our children.

Posted by TPreet April 1, 09 06:05 AM

I'm so glad i could be a part of this global initiative. Would appreciate if more people would join in next time. Lets all make a small contribution to save our Earth.

Posted by Geetanjali Malhotra April 1, 09 06:09 AM

I and my family switched off all our lights at 8:30PM sharp! In addition to all the power that was saved, and all ther other advantages, it got a lot of peace to our minds. It gave us some kind of satisfaction about the fact that we did 'something' at least...
And after having seen the pictures and the comments, i feel even more happy that "My Family" includes so many people........millions!

Cheers to all of you who did it! :)

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Posted by RUPESH C PAWAR April 1, 09 06:14 AM

Awesome pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But inspite of knowing about this movement..Many people refuse to follow...
When would people understand that this is for their own good.

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 06:21 AM

Quote 638: >>> "Click the image to see it fade." How rich with irony we have become. Click you civilization to see it fade... / -

Well, I'd like to rephrase that to: "Click to see what civilization has to do to sustain our resources and therefore ourselves"

Posted by Jashan April 1, 09 06:27 AM

I switched over th CFL when it was introduced. I was one of the first guys to start using Lovato Auto Gas kit for my Car to use LPG as a fuel, way back in1995. I was also one of the first guys to have solar powered water heaters for hot water supply to home in early 2000. I am already a satisfied guy that I am consciously trying to contribute to save our dear mother earth.

Posted by Dr. Kumar April 1, 09 06:27 AM

Hey, if we're going to do it, lets really do it. We can make a very big difference if we do this once a week or even once a month. How about it? I'll do it if you will.

Posted by fidgety_sam April 1, 09 06:46 AM

hope next time it wil be around 180 countries instead of 80 countries to participate in such a magical nite and saving our mother earth.

Posted by ankit April 1, 09 06:49 AM

My family and I voted for EARTH HOUR!!! Hope we got the BILLION votes we were all hoping for, if not more. It was so cool to teach my kids the importance of Earth Hour. I think this should be made compulsory. I really agree with No. 644, we most definitely do not need all these huge buildings lit up at night, its a complete waste of energy. Thanks to everyone who helped and are still helping to save our planet, after all if we dont look after it, who will. Our children mightn't even have the chance too, So Lets all make a Difference. YEYY, GO US!!!

Posted by New Zealand Maori April 1, 09 06:49 AM

Get cool! Go Green! For us! For our children!

Posted by Alex April 1, 09 06:52 AM

Had i klnown about it i would have joined in. but not being a facebook user i missed out. the pictures look great without the lights.peacefull

Posted by gwen April 1, 09 06:55 AM

"Its at the precipice that human beings will to change" - The Day the Earth Stood Still...
The Precipice, my friend is here and I want the future to be a little greener and this is the first step... Let us all pledge this to be a "small step for man, but a giant step for mankind" and continue such noble exercises, to avoid the catastrophe that we all have only seen and imagined in science fictions.
Earth hour every day - My Call. If not officially, then at least through our consciousness let the lights be out for an hour...

Posted by Binodan April 1, 09 06:57 AM

FANTASTIC to see so many places go darker for at least an hour. Why not have an earth hour every month??

Posted by doris toolanen April 1, 09 07:23 AM

oh man! this was awesome

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Posted by Parul_Vikrant April 1, 09 07:37 AM

This is really cool initiative.
We should think in these directions to save our Earth.
Hats off to Australia for starting this move.
Lets not depend on politicians always to solve our problems.
Today in this world the communication has become so easy that we can ourselves solve most of the problems of the world. Lets form some group and raise awareness among people.Its like a Do or Die situation if we don't take any steps now.Lets save our mother Earth!!

Posted by BHANU PRAKASH April 1, 09 07:39 AM

Look position of the bus in the image number 16 before the lights turned off. Then when the lights turned off, the bus moved about 10 metres.... that's real time picture, what a wonderful event when earth our.

Posted by handyherminto April 1, 09 07:55 AM

We need to save our earth

Posted by Dhiraj Jain April 1, 09 08:04 AM

This is good action !
We have to make it as a continous action to save the world ! Something that is not harmful if the action is carried out at least once/mounth ..... and may also be more. just one hour .... and that means a lot !

Posted by surya lesmana April 1, 09 08:05 AM

Do we really need all those lights on all the time anyway maybe half of them could be off anyway think of what would be saved.We waste to much and take to much for granted in todays society.

Posted by Alice Merkel April 1, 09 08:14 AM

All of them ware truly Amazing even ... without lights...

Posted by Costas Ch April 1, 09 08:14 AM

We can & we will make a difference to save our earth.

Posted by Ameya Limaye April 1, 09 08:19 AM

I wonder why they didn't have a photo of Al Gore's Tennessee home in there?
Oh. Wait.
He forgot to turn off the floodlights lighting up the trees in his yard. A few lights were off in his house, apparently, but the big electricity users, the floodlights, remained on.
And to Lisa in 627. Thanks, hon, for lowering yourself to explain "activism". We is too stoopid to unnerstand. I guess "activism" doesn't include those of us who showed solidarity with Al Gore by refusing to be lemmings and jump on this oh-so-chic and PC bandwagon. Nah. We is too stoopid.

Posted by woodie4827 April 1, 09 08:21 AM

Oh... My... God
That's Wonderful ! I'm not just thrilled when the lights went out after you clicked each picture, but the beautiful places that heed to Earth Hour. WOW!

Super Work....

Posted by Yuben Joseph April 1, 09 08:33 AM

Good for increasing the awareness
But do the local electrity companies know about this?

There is something called energy demand management. If not managed properly, we are not going to gain anything. Instead, the electrical appliances may get damaged due to sudden surges in the electricity.

I hope people keep their fuse-wires ready, particularly when they switch on!
Electricity companies, be ready for this challenge.

Posted by Prashant K April 1, 09 08:41 AM

Those are cool!!


Posted by Lidwina Marcella April 1, 09 09:02 AM

Pense que no iba a tener una buena acogida pero estas fotografias dicen lo contrario, gracias a todos por apoyar esta causa y espero que no sea la ultima vez...

Posted by Nelson April 1, 09 09:20 AM

Great photos and I loved being able to click on them and see the dimming effect. As others have noted, I don't know why these "superfluous" lights can't be dimmed every night. It really makes you realize just how wasteful we are. Does the Olympic pool, cool though it is, really need to be lit up every night? I recycle nearly everything. Now I'll be making the pledge to myself to be more careful with my energy use. Shorter showers, less lights, it all adds up.

Posted by Crispy Waffles April 1, 09 09:21 AM

Hmm...But I was wondering, with all the cars still running around...Isn't it still wasted a big source of energy, big donation toward CO, and not green T_T...Maybe there could be similar action? Like, no cars at 08.00^^,

Posted by k3v's April 1, 09 09:22 AM

Beautiful pictures. I think the darkened buildings and monuments are actually prettier (except maybe the Eiffel Tower) and think the lights on those should be off all nights! And, for the record, my family and I set an alarm to remind us to turn all our lights on precisely at 8:30. We are typically very frugal about electricity (b/c of cost) and never leave lights on in unoccupied rooms, but hopefully we contributed to a little "warming" in our area on 3/29. :)

Posted by Jenny April 1, 09 09:27 AM

verry verry nice pics.....ummmmi lv thats

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 09:39 AM

Is there any building in INDIA which followed this practice. I can see various monuments being lightened and considered as national symbol in various states across India.
Did some Indian took part in this?

Posted by Wicked Arora April 1, 09 09:40 AM

Awesome , simply amazing. Great pics for a greater cause. A complete bonding time with family and friends wen we dint have anything else to do...we definitely shud observe it every month.

Posted by Renu April 1, 09 09:40 AM

Hmmmm. No pictures of Al Gore's mansion with all the lights blazing during "Earth Hour?"

Posted by Nancy April 1, 09 09:48 AM

All are the Pictures are Awesome and the effect is WOWOWOW !!!

Posted by Sam April 1, 09 09:51 AM

waste of time. i hope these buildings all enjoyed saving the cost of the electricity. other than that, nothing really was accomplished, save distracting people from things that really matter.

Posted by dj April 1, 09 09:51 AM

fantastic but not so waste of power energy

Posted by john April 1, 09 09:57 AM


Posted by gERMAN April 1, 09 09:58 AM

Truly marvelous.

Great job everyone!

Posted by g0d April 1, 09 09:59 AM

nice work

Posted by nellopark April 1, 09 10:01 AM

this should happen all the time so lets go for it

Posted by THOMAS April 1, 09 10:07 AM

does anyone know exactly how much power was saved during that one hour across the globe?

Posted by Tammy Jacobs April 1, 09 10:08 AM

TOGETHER WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by MILEDYS RAMIREZ April 1, 09 10:08 AM

Its REALLY amazing then so many people around the world care for this planet!!!

Posted by Suvam Patra April 1, 09 10:09 AM

Global warming is a socialist hoax to get our money. Anyone who buys into it is an absolute idiot.

Posted by Tom Prior April 1, 09 10:13 AM

I thought a lot of the pictures looked prettier without all the sky lights, it was amazing to see how much more the small lights stood out. I dont understand why we need all these lights anyway, the earth is beautiful enough on its own.

Posted by Bree April 1, 09 10:20 AM

Super! We can conserve, only if we care.

Posted by Mahafreed Irani April 1, 09 10:21 AM

Energy Saved Today is Asset for Future

Posted by Aslam April 1, 09 10:31 AM

where is petronas twins tower??


Posted by rohana April 1, 09 10:38 AM

The night before Earth Hour we lost electricity due to a storm. Our power was out for 6 hours! I was actually very relaxed. I am having thoughts about no electricity for one hour before bed every night. I think it would help everyone wind down as well as help save the Earth. Let's all be honest with ourselves, we all know that one hour a year is not going to make the change we need. Whether the whole world, whole country, or whole neighborhood does it. Be responsible for yourself! Maybe you could make an impact in your neighborhood alone by suggesting that one day a month the whole neighborhood goes dark for an hour or maybe it should be 2! Don't worry about everyone else though, make sure you are the right things first!

Posted by Holly April 1, 09 10:44 AM

This is a good start. But I can think of an even bigger waste of electricity: in the summertime, office buildings blast the air conditioning so high, you need to put on a sweater indoors. Why not just keep the interior at a comfortable temperature, rather than chilly?

As it turned out, I couldn't be home during Earth Hour -- so my lights would have been off regardless. But the thought was still there. To all you so-called "night people" out there: a REAL nocturnal creature does not hang out in lit-up places; it is biologically adapted to live in the dark. If you need lighting, you are, in fact, a day person whose clock has been thrown off -- probably by that lighting.

Posted by Jason April 1, 09 10:46 AM

it´s pure actionism. it lets some hypocrites feel "active" and "dedicated". great.

Posted by Arthur April 1, 09 10:46 AM

Some of the other news websites have these pictures on separate pages for some reason...
And this holds true even for the articles.

Kudos to the web designers!!

Posted by bbsandeep April 1, 09 10:53 AM

A dramatic demonstration of international cooperation. This single hour not only brings awareness to our excessive consumption and the resources we have taken for granted, but shows that we truly can stand united on a world-wide scale to resolve problems. By routinely practicing what we have seen, it can be Earth Hour every hour. I think there may be hope for human-kind after all. Congratulations to the innovators, organizers and participants, you are all an inspiration!

Posted by Glenn April 1, 09 11:05 AM

This just demonstrated to me how much power we waste on a daily basis. Is turning off lights just one hour a year going to make any difference? Why not turn them off every night? I am glad to see the participation, but more is needed to really make a difference.

Posted by bjohnson April 1, 09 11:22 AM

This whole event is marketing...

Posted by Vafa April 1, 09 11:23 AM

Did anyone notice that most of these cities looked much more beautiful with the lights out?
Mysterious & appealing, the dark is crucial for proper plant growth & maintaining our connection with the night sky.
Couldn't we make this the norm, & maybe turn them on one hour a year?

Posted by Elizabeth Seltzer April 1, 09 11:42 AM

Great Job done. Would appreciate that trend has been followed by people all over accross the world. Thanx a ton to all of you to such acitivity to save our earth.

Posted by Bicky Thakur April 1, 09 11:50 AM

Many people spent the hour in candlelight or used flashlights
If you figure the full energy costs of these things, then the hour of lights-out cost more than it saved. Sigh.
It's all a balance. We have to wise up about every trade-offs to make a real difference.

Posted by Brenda Guiled April 1, 09 11:53 AM

I participated in the earth day but do feel this should be daily if not weekly. It was one hour and it did so much so imagine if we were able to do it a little more often then once a year. Lets pass the word. Most of us work a 9-5. Make sure all that is necessary to be powerd off is. That can make a huge difference right there.
Lets work together with our Earth it is the only one we get!!

Posted by Jennifer Broglin April 1, 09 11:57 AM

The message that we are trying to send across through Earth Hour is actually more significant right now than the power saved by offing lights for an hour. It shows us just how many people really think we can make a difference. And if you look keenly at those pictures it is only the Monumental Buildings and Mega Business Towers.

It is an indicator of the apathy of the people towards Conservation. I myself was left looking out of my window at skyscrapers all lit up with almost no one turning off. That is what the earth Hour reminds us: that we still have miles to go!

Posted by Kenneth April 1, 09 12:01 PM

Yes, we can switch unnecessary lights off for an hour and feel good about ourselves, but why not switch them off routinely and _leave_ them off? The believers in conservation are hypocrites, interested in their long tassels and broad phylacteries and the acclaim of the populace and loud prayers at the front of the congregation instead of actually *accomplishing* the mostly sensible and prudent recommendations of their religion.

Posted by ExOttoyuhr April 1, 09 12:13 PM

Beautiful pictures!

Posted by icha rampangilei April 1, 09 12:13 PM

Incredible !!!

Posted by irwanks April 1, 09 12:16 PM

All are the Pictures are Awesome and fantastic

Posted by priya April 1, 09 12:19 PM

My business participated in the event, but took it one further. We turned the lights out for the whole day. This gave us a chance to notice redundant lighting and implement new "green" policies.

People like comment #666 need to realize that small changes can have a positive effect if they are embraced and maximized.

Posted by Jon April 1, 09 12:20 PM

Several years ago, I convinced most of the people in my office that we don't need to keep the overhead lights on. If you actually need additional light, use some task lighting at your desk. We have plenty of window light available to us.

Posted by Scott April 1, 09 12:26 PM

Men think in herds; it will be seen they go mad in herds, while they only
recover their senses slowly, and one by one.

Posted by vanderleun April 1, 09 12:28 PM

Do you really think that one hour of darkness makes a difference? Wake up people! Read more.

Posted by Brian Smith April 1, 09 12:31 PM

but what I saw now is wonderfull.
Thank you GOD .

Posted by MANMATHAN = EMIL = RAJA April 1, 09 12:32 PM

I agree. This should be done once a month. Maybe even once a week. Then a difference would be seen. Once a year just isn't enough!

Posted by Debbie April 1, 09 12:34 PM


Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 12:36 PM

Awesome....the pictures are really beautiful...

Posted by Raj April 1, 09 12:53 PM

Darn -- I slept through the whole thing !

Posted by John April 1, 09 12:55 PM

Awesome effort!! In fact we should observe such an event once in every month to save our planet.

Posted by Sushweta April 1, 09 12:55 PM

That is soo cool we should do that more often!! Shut everything off!!

Posted by Paula April 1, 09 12:57 PM

Unbelievable !!!

Posted by Ted Athanasopoulos, from Patras-Greece April 1, 09 01:01 PM

thank u leon they r very beautiful and i hope one day i could see them for my self thank u.

Posted by leon April 1, 09 01:03 PM

Stunning images as usual.
I agree with another poster that it really seems unnecessary to fully light buildings all night long.
This also goes to show that the architects have a responsibility here to come up with alternative, lower-power solutions.

Posted by Martin April 1, 09 01:06 PM

thats sick yo!

Posted by pavle April 1, 09 01:08 PM

Excellent It is a pity that India is not in. Hope thye make it in the near future

Posted by Ratnam V Velichety April 1, 09 01:17 PM

awsome pictures,and good initiative to make us realise that we need to save earth and how we will be without this,also to make people realise how millions of people are serviving without all these facilities.a real good effort.

Posted by parveen April 1, 09 01:20 PM

its beautifull!!

Posted by bharti April 1, 09 01:32 PM

awsome pictures,and good initiative to make us realise that we need to save earth and how we will be without this,also to make people realise how millions are people are serviving without all these facilities.a real good effort.

Posted by parveen April 1, 09 01:36 PM

It was really a great initiative by all. We should have more Earth Hours, maybe once a fortnight.
I believe this would not make the world stand still, we all have to do this for the gerations that are going to live in the same planet "EARTH"

Save it for for yourself & for those whom you care about.

Posted by Noha April 1, 09 01:38 PM

How about Earth Hour onc a month?

Posted by Jeff April 1, 09 01:40 PM

Why can't we do this an hour each day? or even once a week?

Posted by Michele G April 1, 09 01:42 PM

It's a beautiful sight! Hope we can do this Earth Hour more frequent than only once a year, for the better world!

Posted by Gisella April 1, 09 01:43 PM

This goes out to all you jabronies who slammed all of us who celebrated EARTH HOUR. WHO IN THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE??? HOW DARE YOU RAIN ON OUR PARADE!!! You have some nerve. I say why don't you take a stroll down KNOW YOUR ROLE BOULEVARD and check yourselves into the SMACKDOWN HOTEL. Those of you who found fault with EARTH HOUR and all of us who chose to participate, are nothing but a bunch of RUDY-POO CANDY ASSESS. Oh it's true - it's dame true!!!

And if you have a problem with that, then I just got two words for ya "SUCK IT".

Posted by John April 1, 09 01:58 PM

In Venezuela given the free will to delinquency implemented by the "government", we could not do the Earth Hour, it would have cause a lot of events that are already happening anytime, during daylight....

Posted by FreeVenezuela April 1, 09 02:02 PM

In Venezuela given the free will to delinquency implemented by the "government", we could not do the Earth Hour, it would have cause a lot of events that are already happening anytime, during daylight....

Posted by FreeVenezuela April 1, 09 02:02 PM

i wish the whole city turn its light off it would be extremely dark and cool imagine all the lights in mexico city off

Posted by alex mtz April 1, 09 02:16 PM

None of this matters as the earth is ending in 2012...

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 02:17 PM

Let us do it every nite

Posted by jonce April 1, 09 02:26 PM

Lights on these buildings should be off every night, not just one hour for earth hour. Not just these buildings, but all extra excessive lights everywhere should be turned off every night.

Posted by Kashar April 1, 09 02:31 PM

All are the Pictures are Awesome and fantastic, Lets do it more often, why once a year.
May be thats the answer to the world economic crises....electricity waste !!!

Posted by SALIM QURAISHY April 1, 09 02:46 PM

Why don't we click on the sun, really save some energy.

Posted by Oxy Moron April 1, 09 02:48 PM

It's all a bunch of nonsense. What arrogance to think we itty bitty humans can control what happens to this earth. It's GOD WHO DECIDES when the the volcanoes will erupt, tornadoes will hit or the earth quakes. You worship the creation instead of the Creator. Shame on all of you.

Posted by CJ April 1, 09 03:04 PM

It's a GREAT concept!
It IS raising awareness.

Here in Delaware, a group of us got together and turned off lights at 7PM and then the rest of the night. Our eyes adapted to the dark and we realized how much less electric light is truly needed. We felt like we were sharing a unique experience and making a difference. We each went home in the dark, peaceful stillness.

It is time for us to change our daily & nightly automatic patterns of flipping on the switch.

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 03:23 PM

Awesome Pictures....................Excellent

Follow the same DAily..................

Posted by VINAY CHANDRA P April 1, 09 03:24 PM

It's a GREAT concept!
It IS raising awareness.

Here in Delaware, a group of us got together and turned off lights at 7PM and then the rest of the night. Our eyes adapted to the dark and we realized how much less electric light is truly needed. We felt like we were sharing a unique experience and making a difference. We each went home in the dark, peaceful stillness.

It is time for us to change our daily & nightly automatic patterns of flipping on the switch.

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 03:24 PM

for it's all good, didn't turn any light off, that I wouldn't normally.
that said, Earth Day sucks!
everyday is Earth day, it's like commemorating woman day. It's just an scape for those that don't care about it but want to say they do!

Posted by Grigori April 1, 09 03:26 PM

yeah, god decides when we live and die
god decides when we fart and kill others
god is the reason all is bad... after all, he knows everything, and should have known that 9/11 all middle east war was imminent, but chose not to do anything;
god knows all!

shame on you blaming Osama Bin Laden and terrorists all around the globe...

Posted by Grigori April 1, 09 03:31 PM

lol... "let's do this every day!"

Yeah... Come here and live in NYC during a brownout and I'll tell you exactly why we don't do this often. It's DANGEROUS. There are very real instinctual reasons that animals are comforted in daylight and hide at night. Because that's when predators come out.

Yeah those pictures are pretty, but that's it. You want to make a change in the world, try doing rather than not doing. I keep my lights off most of the day because I am at school and at work. If I have them on at night during "earth hour" it doesn't mean I am a waster, it means I keep different housr than you. Get off your high horse. -_-

Posted by Sarah April 1, 09 03:31 PM

Sorry to say that but its all a new bubble and new commodity created by the wall street guys to bring in more money to US and sell their overpriced technology. If they are really concerned about it then why not US is taking major actions as 80% of the contribution in creating hole in ozone layer is done by the manufacturing done in US. It has been shown in many studies that US is a major contributor in the world pollution.

Posted by Steve April 1, 09 03:36 PM

At our house all lights, computers, tvs, etc were turned off. We had a great discussion for more than an hour by candle light.

Posted by Sharyn April 1, 09 03:40 PM

Great idea, if we eschew all technology and modcons we can return the earth to its natural pristine state!

Grow up.

I run all of my electrical appliances at once during earth hour.

Posted by kilowatt April 1, 09 03:49 PM

If that 1 hour made a difference in our environment, I think that this should be something we should all get involved in every 6 months (twice a year).

Posted by N.N April 1, 09 03:50 PM

excellent way to go in making people more aware of our ever changing enviroment
and increasing population. If we all assist in some way there are benifits long term

Posted by J.M.Garvie April 1, 09 04:23 PM

I think we should be cut down on the electric and the usage of things like computer and TV and radio and refrigerator and washing machine wastes lots of electric. We can not wash clothes as much and who would care really? and heat is not necessary so much because with global warming now we are warmer most of year. I try not to use refrigerator so much or vacuum cleaner too. I also try not to cook so I don't use stove I just go out to eat so it saves energy. And I go to laundromat so I do not run my washing machine.

Posted by Sammi Flynn April 1, 09 04:26 PM

Its all a little pathetic really. 'O larks, we turned off power for an hour and saved our planet'. How sad you all seem, how naieve. It will take the reorgansiation of most of the major economies and/or the death of 2-3 billion people to make a real difference, not some token lip service like this.

Posted by CP April 1, 09 04:27 PM

oh, man! that was really REAL. so, united we can defeat all problems, including Global Warming!!! it was so nice to see all these pictures! somebody wrote if we could vote for a day per month for our planet Earth! that would be great! thanks anyway

Posted by viorel capatina April 1, 09 04:29 PM

Great pictures. Here is a selection of movies of Earth Hour all over the world.

About energy savings. Found a nice graphic of on-line tracking electricity use in Ontario. Savings 520 megawatt

Posted by Erik van Erne, Milieunet Foundation April 1, 09 04:29 PM


Posted by COME ON April 1, 09 04:30 PM

its fun to play by candlelight

Posted by amy April 1, 09 05:01 PM

An awesome coming together to make a statment by people all over the planet
Just imagine if we all came together like that in direct care of one another- we could stop the current genocide in Darfur,why we could even stop the wars and live in peace. It could be more than a concept-WE could make it a reality!

Posted by miki April 1, 09 05:10 PM

Earth hour was so great. Those pictures are wonderful. Especially the Eiffel Tower. It's awesome to see how many people care. I got all my friends to turn our their lights. Those pictures are really beautiful, I hope my town looked something like that. Thanks WWF!!!

Posted by Alice April 1, 09 05:19 PM

Well..........................................there is certainly a lot of power being wasted all in the name of esthetically pleasing the human eye!!!!

Posted by Debbie April 1, 09 05:36 PM

People to whom nothing has ever happened don't understand the importance of events. Thanks to all who participated. George/Nanaimo

Posted by George E. Reid April 1, 09 05:47 PM

Very why can't we continue to always cooperate and work together just as we all did for Earth Hour?

Posted by bstapleton April 1, 09 06:06 PM

These pics r just awesome.....simply breathtaking

Posted by sudha April 1, 09 06:16 PM

amazing what can be done with commitment

Posted by allan April 1, 09 06:22 PM

The photos are beautiful! ...was a nice idea...

But I just wonder with all the lights turned out for an hour if anyone's house or property was ruined due to vandalizing. How safe are we in the dark without our lights? especially around the outskirts of our homes. Just a thought while we sat in the dark.

Posted by Wendy April 1, 09 06:48 PM

thank you for the awareness of saving the earth to enable each of us a better place to live, love and dream ........

Posted by jj April 1, 09 07:23 PM


Posted by CHRIS April 1, 09 07:33 PM

A great attempt at futility. Maybe if everyone held there breath for one hour we could reduce the CO2 a lot more effectively.
It just goes to show you how many sheep we have in this world.

Posted by Bill Puda April 1, 09 07:35 PM

Too all, the primary purpose was to raise awareness not save energy. Those suggesting we do this every month is a great idea we should encourage our indiviudal countries' legislatrues to implement. Plus encouraging the no drive hour is another great idea. The combination would really save energy. Anybody up for it?

Posted by iag April 1, 09 07:52 PM

honestly, people who are too narrow-minded to actually see and understand earth hour should grow up before they start mouthing off about how stupid it is
the event isn't just about switching off your lights for one hour, it's about raising awareness to the whole world about the issues of global warming
and just so you know, the first earth hour in sydney resulted in a reduction of 10.2% of electricity consumption which is the same as taking off 48000 cars off the road - if that's not a difference then what the hell is?
clearly earth hour managed to grab your attention if you bothered to come onto sites like these and write about why not instead of being so cynical and selfish, actually do something useful!

Posted by iris. April 1, 09 08:05 PM

Wow it would be soooooo coool if the hole world did it!!!! at the same time.

Posted by Makanaokeakua Leong April 1, 09 08:05 PM

gorgeous photos. if we can cooperate on Earth Hour, what else can we do?

Can we change our carbon emissions forever, and limit ocean acidification?

Posted by A Sea Change April 1, 09 08:12 PM

Very Great Images

Posted by Henry April 1, 09 08:14 PM

I am trying to include earth hour and a number of other activities in teaching high school students. They don't get it!

Posted by Traceyk. raggi April 1, 09 08:18 PM


Posted by Rafarg April 1, 09 08:20 PM

excelenteeee.!!!! se deberia volver a realizar otra zez un apagon mundial para darle un respiro al planeta..

Posted by Damian April 1, 09 08:20 PM

Earth Hour babies soon to arrive in nine months!
Err, make that Happy Holiday babies.

Posted by mac April 1, 09 08:31 PM

Thats amazing!

Posted by Billy Bob April 1, 09 08:42 PM

Congratulation, it is a very good idea !!!

Let's save the energy and give more benefit to the earth by "ONE MAN ONE TREE PLANTED ACTION FOR THE WHOLE WORLD" .

From Jakarta , Indonesia with LOVE

Posted by adjie April 1, 09 08:49 PM

One would have had a difficult time durtng the black-out of W.W.2 overseas if this is the best one can do! Too many lights showing. Tough if this is the best that one can do!

Posted by W.D.Y. April 1, 09 09:08 PM

You guys.. still far away with Nyepi Day in Bali... no light at all for a night... even i dont like it :P

Posted by mono-chan April 1, 09 09:22 PM


Posted by NITS April 1, 09 09:22 PM

Very good...

Posted by lisa April 1, 09 09:24 PM

1 word... Amazing

Posted by amhyra April 1, 09 09:25 PM

What a wonderful sight!!!! It was sending a message, people. The message is out there now. Who knows what can happen as this snowballs?

Posted by JoAnn April 1, 09 09:26 PM

Wow!!! It's truly spectacular and amazing!! I am so proud to have participated in the Earth Hour project!! Looking forward to next year!!!

Posted by Earth Hour Girl April 1, 09 09:32 PM

very good start of cooperation. I guess the degree or extent of participation could be increased. thank u for sharing with us how other parts of the world celebrated earth hour.

Posted by april dream teodosio April 1, 09 09:41 PM

Beautifully done :)

From Hangzhou, China

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 09:44 PM


Posted by narayanan April 1, 09 09:46 PM

this is from Surabaya City, Indonesia
eventhough there's no pic of surabaya city
but, surabaya is always for save the world!!!

Posted by Moch. Rizky April 1, 09 10:04 PM

Increible!!! Muy buen trabajo! Me encanto
De Lima- Perú

Posted by increible April 1, 09 10:10 PM


Posted by Dilianti Pratama April 1, 09 10:19 PM

i cannot imagine on anyone not knowing about Earth Hour. It was so highly publisized in Malaysia and a lot of offices, shopping centers and homes participated. Of course there were some imbeciles out there who did not care for mother earth enough to take the effort to off the lights for just an hour!

Posted by Miss Earth Hour April 1, 09 10:22 PM


Posted by Dilianti Pratama April 1, 09 10:28 PM

Lets's continue to admire God's creation, let the stars shine in the night, not neon lights.

Posted by Marilyn April 1, 09 10:30 PM

I would have liked to see a satellite picture as the time flowed around the world. Wonder if that exists.

Posted by Barbara April 1, 09 10:39 PM

You should feel the experience of "NYEPI" in bali......even the airport is closed!!!

Posted by delta April 1, 09 10:56 PM

#16 - Must be a pain in the butt to drive across a roundabout in pitch darkness lol

Posted by ryan April 1, 09 11:00 PM

Cool, but I don't turn my lights off during that moment...I miss that ops

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 11:03 PM

We practice a forced one or more hour without electricity at various points of time during the day in India. It is also called 'load shedding'. It isn't considered a nice thing by the public, but maybe now it will be seen in a different light.

Great Photos! Thanks.

Posted by Badri April 1, 09 11:14 PM

Really lame. I hope everyone feels great about themselves because this gimmick accomplished NOTHING.

Posted by Will April 1, 09 11:15 PM

this is too good!

Posted by dweep April 1, 09 11:22 PM


But even nicer if we also use pareto chart on electricity usage monthly consumption to addressed which area consumes how much, and appoint any 5 - 10 largest consumer for longer lights-out time.
Cause i believe, by using tool like pareto (and others if any..) we can be more sharp help our eart, and more staggering positive effect..

Greeting from Indonesia - South East Asia,
St. Mas

Posted by St. Mas April 1, 09 11:41 PM


Posted by faraz April 1, 09 11:50 PM

We didnt just turn our lights out .. we turned off the TV's and the computers.. we all sat in the livingroom together by candle light and played some silly games like whisper down the lane and pass the story.... So it not only saved energy but it was also Fantastic QUALITY time in a world that gets so hectic, especially with the new technological generation. It was fantastic.. and I agree wholeheartedly with so many of the other comments that I've read that this should be more than just a once a year activity.. it should be something we all incorporate weekly or at least monthly in our lives!!! It was soooo much FUN!!!

Posted by Jess ( a busy mom) :) April 1, 09 11:51 PM

In india government only will initiate this every day...:)

Posted by kiran April 2, 09 12:07 AM

Thay haznt switched off much has thay?

Posted by Big fat aussie bloke April 2, 09 12:16 AM

Beautiful pictures!!! Really, we all must sincerely do our bit for this global issue.

Posted by Pankaj Puri April 2, 09 12:16 AM

Let's make it happens every day...:-)

Posted by Reza April 2, 09 12:17 AM


Posted by Harry Keidge April 2, 09 12:20 AM

Its really amazing......:)

Posted by Kalpana Naveen April 2, 09 12:26 AM

Felt assiduous to control greenhouse emmissions and happy for being a part of it in someway.

Posted by Vaibhav Kapoor April 2, 09 12:31 AM

This is Owesum, but I wud suggests that this should happen once in a week.
In India, we already have it, since our government is not at giving electricity for more than 8-10hrs for a day in villages, still they chareged for it.

Posted by Nilesh Pardhi April 2, 09 12:35 AM

good i like that

Posted by liana April 2, 09 12:38 AM


Posted by cahpamulang April 2, 09 12:40 AM

Lovely representation of information throgh images

Posted by Ravi Nandhan April 2, 09 12:43 AM

Wow!!! It's truly spectacular and amazing!! I am so proud to have participated in the Earth Hour project!! Looking forward to next year!!!

Posted by Earth Hour Girl April 2, 09 12:44 AM

if you want to leave something for the generations to come... Leave this world for them to LIVE..... this is the start of it... this proves how different countries, colours languages, social status, currency etc.... comes to gether as mankind for a common cause.... great work by one and all & thanks for making it happen...

Posted by ARUN April 2, 09 12:44 AM

it is Beatiful,

Posted by Uly April 2, 09 12:47 AM

One hour isn't enough !!! so.. let's do it again !! Wake up people.........
Thanx to u all who participate this event... God bless Us & our earth.. ^^

Posted by Tyas April 2, 09 12:51 AM

nice collection.... thanks a lot

Posted by Anis Alamgir April 2, 09 12:51 AM

very nice

Posted by Sudhakar April 2, 09 12:59 AM

Those are Superb....
Great work...

Posted by Sagar April 2, 09 01:01 AM

Wov,..........its really wonderful

Posted by Jayanthi April 2, 09 01:01 AM

Yeah right. Most of comments I read were about how amazing or awesome it was. That is the problem. People are more interested because it is a different way of looking at things. Does this change or shape habits? For a few, maybe.
Will people be diligent and disciplined and turn off lights etc. if not required.
I have my doubts. Laziness and want it all attitude is rife.
It will have to be culturally wrong to waste energy for change to happen.
Sorry, I have no faith that mankind in it's present form really cares enough to make the difference that is required. More is the pity.

Posted by Geoff April 2, 09 01:05 AM

Electricity is essential for certain things, however a one can do without it atleast couple of hours in a day. We should celebrate earth hour every now & then at our own. So pls turn off the lights , When u personally feel its not required.

Posted by Suraj April 2, 09 01:05 AM

that is unbeleivable

Posted by anonymus April 2, 09 01:11 AM

Remarkable photography....

Posted by Antony Linto April 2, 09 01:13 AM

I have forwarded this to everyone in my team

Posted by Vishwajeet Kumar April 2, 09 01:17 AM

it's awesome

Posted by Delvi April 2, 09 01:18 AM

At 8:30pm, Saturday, March 28th, cities around the world went dark. No, the apocalypse is not upon us as many theatrical releases may forebode. Rather, those championing awareness for global warming were casting their vote for Earth by switching off their lights and electronics for an hour.
This movement is much more than a fad, a spike in Twitters about Earth Hour. It is an increasing worldwide understanding about a serious flaw in our lifestyles, rooted in a habitual lack of respect for resources that ultimately increases our cost of living and decreases our quality of environment.
Great effort , will thanks all woh participate in this movement.

Posted by Ashish Kumar April 2, 09 01:26 AM

Great pictures
Great awareness idea
But most of all it is great to see that the world can be united even for one hour
it gives me hope

Posted by Nily/ levis/Athensgr April 2, 09 01:32 AM

It's cool

Posted by Seema Phukan April 2, 09 01:37 AM

If its done for the betterment of earth lets do it probably once a month so that we could help grow in a better world and also it helps reduce the consumption of power hence saving energy !! Wat say??

Posted by Sonali Pradhan April 2, 09 01:38 AM

.nice pictures to see!!!!!!

Posted by satish April 2, 09 01:38 AM

Marvelous..All the picture are good creativity.

Posted by Ramesh April 2, 09 01:39 AM

It so amazing and its tooo....COOOOL

Posted by pankaj khopde April 2, 09 01:44 AM

awesome.... how about an earthhour every month.. come on people its just a matter of one hour.. that too once a month

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Posted by Sonu April 2, 09 01:49 AM

Looks Sexy........

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Posted by priya April 2, 09 02:01 AM

It was just sooperb....Infact each individual must take responsibility to save natural energy like even water, trees and etc to save earth. Go now.....

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 02:08 AM

great pictures as usual...

But I would love that perhaps once in this blog, we wouldn't have comments that mention God? This is a photography blog!

Posted by Henry, Paris April 2, 09 02:11 AM

Really ,,...... Awesome !

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 02:15 AM

Thanx for the awesome snaps... will make it someday their myself....

Posted by Amitesh Karanth April 2, 09 02:18 AM


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Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 02:30 AM

We should shut our mouth first... it will lessen the carbon dioxide in the air for an hour =)

Posted by Red April 2, 09 02:31 AM

its really very beautiful

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 02:32 AM

This is a really awesome initiative to stop something which can definately doom the planet if not taken care of. But i personally think that just a 1 hr electricity saving that also once a year doesnt make a big difference. Plus there are so many people in this world that still dont care what the future of this planet is heading for. people are busy minting money in their lives and for their next generation, but they dont realise that money wont save this planet.

And for all the nutheads who say God decides what will happen. i just wanna tell u guys, if u think God decides things and u dont have to make efforts, i suggest you to try to once stop breathing and then see if God lets you live or die. Afterall its him who decides right?

Posted by Boney April 2, 09 02:34 AM

These things are to be implemented, and they should completedly ban the usage of fancy fire work......

Posted by Balakrishna April 2, 09 02:37 AM

very nice and beautiful captured moment.. i was having a gig at the moment.. and i stopped it for 15 minutes to give respect to our beloved earth, the lighting and sound was cut out.. and crowd started to raise their hand holding their cellphone, lighter and ciggarette.. that was just awesome !! these are from us EARTH... U deserved it..


Posted by fiqi dipowicaksono April 2, 09 02:43 AM

We always have blackout here in the Philippines. especially during Election times. so this is nothing. sometimes it lasts for minimum of 4 hours and max is 36.

during those times, many things happen and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Wins.
silly isn't it?

before you can save the earth, save a single person first.

"start to learn to crawl before running"

Posted by Red April 2, 09 02:45 AM

It's really amazing

Posted by Vivek April 2, 09 02:45 AM

speechless....... In jakarta , It saved over 13000 megawatts of electricity only for an hour no light .......

Posted by Bowie April 2, 09 02:46 AM

Our children 's future is depended upon our smart usage of energy. My family and my friends offed every light in our houses and sat outside the house for an hour.
I salute each person who contributed towards this drive.

Posted by sowmya April 2, 09 02:47 AM

amazing pics yrrrrrr

Posted by Kiran April 2, 09 02:48 AM

Agree !!! Once a month, for our better world :D

Posted by joice April 2, 09 02:50 AM

I really don't have words to describe the beauty. But one thing is sure that whenever this kind of activity happens whole world gets unite and that shows that we are one, it does not matter which country we belong to, what religion we have . I really appreciate each of one you who supported this nobel cause. I followed this too and i will make sure to use electricity whenever i really need it. I hope those who were not part of this, would listen to this knowledgeable crowd and follow this in their routine.

Posted by deepak April 2, 09 02:52 AM

UUUUUUUUHh..Mind Blowing!!Hats Off!!

Posted by Jameel Ahmed Ansari April 2, 09 03:05 AM

The pictures show , how much of electricity is wasted continuously for a non-functional purpose, for show and marketing. Why will not we have shortage then? Buildings look beautiful with lights. But the time has come to ignored that beauty and redesign lighting on all those famous buildings in an cost effective way to serve marketing purpose at the minimum expense of electricity.
Is someone hearing?

Posted by Dr Vaidya P R April 2, 09 03:09 AM

Just awesome !!!!! small steps have the power to create big things and I feel that if we continue this for some time , the truth about the global warming may finally descend on the power hungary people and we may be able to delay the inevitable going by the currnet trends !!!! good work !!!! keep up !!!!

Posted by Gaurav Arora April 2, 09 03:12 AM

Really nice........

Posted by Nidhin K Pearl April 2, 09 03:15 AM

wow this was grt!!

Posted by siddhi April 2, 09 03:21 AM

good stuff

Posted by Protyush April 2, 09 03:22 AM

Nice, To appreciate the nights without lights..

Posted by vivek chauhan April 2, 09 03:22 AM

So nice if all people around the world give more love each other..will only peace forever ...could we...there are will there are way..thank you so much.
greeting peace..

Posted by Chresna April 2, 09 03:25 AM

Great work of art ! Thank you so much.

Posted by Lyonel Ty April 2, 09 03:25 AM

Its amazing.
I agree if we people decide to put off our lights everyday for only half an hour a day.
Or we decide to put off our lights and others for one day like "NYEPI" ( seclusion day/Saka new year) in Bali.

Posted by Dien Zunita April 2, 09 03:26 AM

where is Malaysia's KLCC?? why there is not any pic of KLCC..

Posted by April 2, 09 03:27 AM

Darkness like this is not a distant reality. Good to see that many people find it worth a start. I think intention is to create awareness and make a realization that saving the energy is also a very good option to beat the demand.
We are living on the edge in terms of energy consumption. The nuclear energy and solor energy are options but, safety and cost of technology are still major concerns. Solor energy is safe but, the OIL lobby is against it and making it difficult to evolve. In such a situation we need to take more concrete steps to save and reuse energy; otherwise a time will come soon when we will have to force overselves for such black night outs..

Posted by Malayaj April 2, 09 03:35 AM

Looking at these pictures one realise the amount of resources are being wasted in butification. is it realy needed? one day switching off the lights are not going to solve problem. "West" needs to reveiw their "resource utilisation policy" and develop strategy to conserve it.

Posted by Pallavi April 2, 09 03:36 AM

even small things can make a difference and One hour is long enogh!! Awesome

Posted by Varsha April 2, 09 03:39 AM

The long and short of the story is that only we-humans can KNOW the EFFECT of OUR-LIVING on OTHERS.
The INSECTS,BIRDS,BEASTS,BRUTES or ANIMALS can not KNOW,even if they wanted to KNOW what EFFECT their living had on the EARTH,WORLD or UNIVERSE..!!

Posted by rkpatel April 2, 09 03:41 AM

Great... make it every month

Jakarta, I Love U

Posted by Johnny BW April 2, 09 03:44 AM

cool snaps

Posted by nafzal April 2, 09 03:45 AM


Posted by ANKIT PARWAL April 2, 09 03:48 AM

This is so great to see that, many of us are coming forward and contributing for saving the power....!!
The commnts and the experience of the people here in this blog are truely Commendable, but i would also like to insist that, please dont do it just for the sake of fun...this action should be continued in our routine life too......!!
Think seriously about the facts and effects of Global Warming, and contribute aganist it..!!
This was a really a good step and concept..!!

Posted by Shraddha .......India April 2, 09 03:48 AM


Posted by Andries April 2, 09 03:49 AM

Simply unbelievable Pictures!!!!! Cant take off eyes from any of them.!!!

Posted by Dhatchan,India April 2, 09 03:51 AM

It shouldnt be only an annual event don't you think?

Although according to the JakartaPost, us Jakartans ended up only saving 50 megawatts (MW) during Earth Hour on Saturday, instead of the 300 MW target set by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) at least its a start. Gotta start somewhere rite?

Don't be too sceptical about it and just try to see that its a prove how the global citizens would participate in a good cause if its well publicized enough :p

us in Indonesia..NOT sheeps!

Posted by Gita.S April 2, 09 03:58 AM

beautiful pictures wonderful

Posted by hendro_supangkat April 2, 09 03:59 AM

beautiful pictures wonderful

Posted by hendro_supangkat April 2, 09 04:03 AM

An hour may sounds insignificant, but wut count most is the raising awareness over the globe for the respecting issues! Success isn't always 'bout hitting a home run, keep on keepin' on!!

Posted by Jun April 2, 09 04:08 AM

Awesome work guys! congratulations!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 04:09 AM

Is there any evidence that it can really safe our earth? is there any data about this evidence? Just to make sure we really realize about how worthy it is and we could shut them up who think that it's a stupid thing.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 04:10 AM

Really AMAZING.....
Remember me when 'Nyepi' in BALI...they switch off da lights all day long...
In Jakarta, Indonesia like Showed on 16th Picture, they even use candle in every Busway Shelters.... Really Amazing.... hope we can do thiz again and again....

Posted by Artha April 2, 09 04:14 AM

gr88 pics.........

Posted by vineet April 2, 09 04:25 AM

It was earth our if we people are resposible for hurting our home(earth) then we are only one to save it, because its our place. we should save it and it doesent matter to have earth hour once in a week it should be for every day.we should think how our ansister lived long back ago hundreds of years. people lets come together and save our home from today onwards.

Posted by Dr. Mrunal Akre (Research Acossiate) April 2, 09 04:27 AM

beautiful pictures wonderful

Posted by hendro_supangkat April 2, 09 04:28 AM

the pictures are mind blowing along with the java script effects to show before and after....

Posted by dobin fernandes April 2, 09 04:35 AM

There are two pictures, clicking each one leads to other.
but its a creative work

Posted by creator April 2, 09 04:38 AM

How about Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia photo???

Posted by Malaysian April 2, 09 04:39 AM


Posted by anu mathew April 2, 09 04:43 AM

Photo's mind boggling, just too awesome. My sentiments exactly with comment no 784

Posted by JOY.NEETHLING. April 2, 09 04:44 AM


Posted by Meckael Karem April 2, 09 04:44 AM

Let's try and observe more of Earth's amazing natural beauty! Let's not just keep it for one hour a year, a motnh or a weak. Let's observe our daily activities carefully, and refrain from unnecessary usage of our natural resources. The world will look same or even more beautiful with that. Let's save for our own health and our own good future. Let's make it a constant habit to save our resources. After all, we all want to live well even in the 20th or 30th year from now! Let's pledge to ourselves..

Posted by Priyanka Malhotra April 2, 09 04:47 AM

I really appreciate pics are wonderful.
I think these activities need to be more rigorously advertised specially in developing cuntries so as make people aware.
We can increase the participation only by making people aware.

Posted by Reyaz K Siddiqui April 2, 09 04:48 AM


Posted by Gourisankar April 2, 09 04:49 AM

Awesome...! Nice photos :)
Let's preserve our great earth from Global warming effect so that it will survive for the next thousand n thousand years. Let next generation see what we created...

Posted by Amol Deshmukh April 2, 09 04:49 AM

Awesome Pics!!! Lets get together to spread this revolution!!!

Posted by Manish April 2, 09 04:51 AM

great pics, but this does not make a difference in coutries like india where we have regular (daily) power cuts from 2-8 hours in all the cities.. so i suppose we contribute to the "Green" earth more than anyone else :)

Posted by avadhut April 2, 09 04:58 AM

Someone mentioned that India was not in ..and it was a pity !!!

maybe no pictures..but actually many housing societies in india took part..
its the hottest season in india around this time of the year ans yet many of us went without light for an hour..thats the spirit that we have .. bring it on more..we will not hold back and move every step forward with the rest of the world

Posted by Amit Jain April 2, 09 04:59 AM

this is something we must do regularly.. once a month sounds great.. love it!
for those of you against this idea.. cut the crap.. being idle wouldn't get you anywhere..

Posted by jakarta April 2, 09 05:01 AM

life is wonderful with lights around us,
we become alife when there's no lights
jst think what happen, if this is gonna be forever..?!
Thank God Almighty

Posted by Fareez Prem April 2, 09 05:02 AM

Ha ha ha ... we do have NO ELECTRICITY EVERYDAY 2-3 HRS IN INDIA

Posted by Village April 2, 09 05:04 AM

It's a GREAT concept!

It is big lession to who ever not followed this way atleast onse in the year...................

Posted by Aaryan(Aky) April 2, 09 05:04 AM

life is wonderful with lights around us,
we become alife when there's no lights
jst think what happen, if this is gonna be forever..?!
Thank God Almighty

Posted by Fareez Prem April 2, 09 05:08 AM

wonderful pictures. It is pathetic to know we ( Indians)have not joined others,

Posted by namitha April 2, 09 05:11 AM


Posted by R.M.Prasad April 2, 09 05:11 AM

This is really good effort,Nice picture too

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 05:13 AM

great....hope anybody in this world can do it together, as it is to saving our future.
in jakarta, indonesia still lot of people who didnt care of it, coz the information about it didnt touch them...but i believe next time more people in jakarta and other city in indonesia can catch what is this moment mean for...may need more effort to let people know how important this thing

let saving our home...

Posted by ria.h April 2, 09 05:18 AM

wht the f in india they cut power every now and then...
here it is a pain in the wrong place..

Posted by superman April 2, 09 05:18 AM

a nice team work from people of the world for our earth

Posted by maria April 2, 09 05:19 AM

Pata que vos pôs

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 05:25 AM


Posted by DHAVAL April 2, 09 05:25 AM

those scenery.. those pic.. they're amazing, just as amazing as the idea to save the planet..

this is something worth to see
(I wonder, if in the future there will also be "Air Hour", you hold your breath for 1 hour, perhaps?)

Posted by nichive April 2, 09 05:30 AM


Posted by Neel April 2, 09 05:33 AM

The only thing that can save the earth is group sex

Posted by bon jovi April 2, 09 05:36 AM

It's very true that we should save some energy so that it can be preserved for the future.What will happen if one day there will be power.
Nice pictures,Thanks

Posted by Smith April 2, 09 05:40 AM

Pics are awesome..

Posted by Sonal April 2, 09 05:40 AM

Yes . . . We could do this every night . . . few candles . . . some beautiful girl . . . but than another problem would come up - high natality.
I noticed LA is most lighting picture . . . USA globaly spending most of energy . . . . . . Enjoy

Posted by Dimitrije April 2, 09 05:41 AM

This is really very nice picture.

Posted by jitendra kumar April 2, 09 05:41 AM

Awesome pictures!!!!

Posted by Sonal April 2, 09 05:41 AM

More than the pictures are beautiful, its really nice to see the participation. This has proved to be the kickstart which needs to be encouraged and hence, continued.

Posted by Sushmita April 2, 09 05:45 AM

it's so wonderfull..very very beautiful..

Posted by Lia April 2, 09 05:47 AM

These pics r just awesome.....simply breathtaking!!!
a gr888 inviative and very beautifully supported by everyone.

Posted by Ati April 2, 09 05:47 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 05:48 AM

it's so wonderfull..very very beautiful..

Posted by Lia April 2, 09 05:48 AM

sure, it would be naive to think that shutting lights off for one hour can SAVE the planet, there is so much more to do. but if you had all your appliances running during that hour, what does that say about you and what you are contributing to your society?

and by the way, God did not do this to the Earth, WE ALL did. and that includes YOU.

Posted by anonymous April 2, 09 05:53 AM

This is a good Idea, but we should also implement to stop using the Vehicels.
stoping that will save lods & Lods of pollution control.

Posted by Raghuram Raichooti April 2, 09 05:53 AM

subhanallah, good ide for u friend!

Posted by dakta April 2, 09 05:54 AM

Ther should be earth hour every week...

Posted by Wilfred Louis April 2, 09 05:56 AM

nice action :)

Posted by yovita ririn April 2, 09 05:58 AM

Oh... I feel so romantic...

Posted by Romeo April 2, 09 06:01 AM

People should read the book the madness of crowds and watch the documentary the Global warming swindle available free on google video.

Im sure we all agree Its important to educate yourself before jumping on a bandwagon.

Posted by motherfunky April 2, 09 06:03 AM

Its good to see that Earth hour is practiced world wide and mostly in cities where lights are so abundant. Though Earth Hour after all is an hour in our endless timeline of past present and future. I guess we need to understand that we will have the need for more power in the future than what we are witnessing today and we also face the crisis that we will not be able to provide it. We should find a more concrete step towards the conservation of power , fuel and habitat on this planet on to another level. Just cutting the power... Well.... May just not be enough.

Posted by Vivek Mohan April 2, 09 06:08 AM

realy its d future of d world....
i think this earth hour wil held every month......

Posted by gaurank patil April 2, 09 06:10 AM

great photos. and to those who do not believe it has impact, try multiplying billions of watts saved for an hour by what your electric company charges. that is how much humanity useless spending for an hour. for those who thinks already do much, try do more. it's nicer to do things together than doing things alone. for those who thinks is overrated, can you payout the electric charge saved just to buy out your defeated soul? o so much i missed the dark nights when the stars shine brighter in the sky.

Posted by eko fadhillah April 2, 09 06:11 AM


Posted by shubham April 2, 09 06:12 AM

These fotos are very nice. Good effort to save environment

Posted by ankita April 2, 09 06:15 AM

Good Job and Keep It Up!

Let's cut down the usage of electricity and saves the world.

Posted by James Wong Peng Kong / BLLP Singapore. April 2, 09 06:16 AM

Even if India does not participate it does not matter, because we have frequent 2hr power shutoffs!! :)
Our government regularly follows "green policies".

Posted by Pramod April 2, 09 06:17 AM

Save Your Powers & Utilize Them @ Right Places. :)


Posted by Jagat April 2, 09 06:21 AM

It looks stunning. Very beautiful pics. Ww should do it more oftenly folks.

Posted by Rohit Kumar April 2, 09 06:24 AM

very very great pict and animation

Posted by cimut April 2, 09 06:27 AM

for our long lives

Posted by gigin April 2, 09 06:33 AM

Outstanding... Wooow.... that's Great.

Posted by Pranav Mohan Sharma April 2, 09 06:36 AM

We switched off all lights and fans and sat on the balcony looking at the stars and wondering what the universe was all about. My 12 year old son was very enthusiastic about earth hour. I had to answer many queries that he had.
The pictures are superb!

Posted by Surendran April 2, 09 06:39 AM

Beautifull Photos,Brilliant photography

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Posted by ruchita April 2, 09 06:56 AM

How great that people on earth can stand together to save what was given to them to care for by God. Let's make it once per week and turn it into a very good habit!!

Posted by Friena Diepraam (South Africa) April 2, 09 06:56 AM

How great that people on earth can stand together to save what was given to them to care for by God. Let's make it once per week and turn it into a very good habit!!

Posted by Friena Diepraam (South Africa) April 2, 09 07:03 AM

Oh my god what a excellent quality of pictures.

I wish we celebrate this Earth Hour Once in Month through out our order to preserve our nature.
Earth also needs clean up and off course some rest also.

Manher Desai

Posted by Dr Manher Desai April 2, 09 07:07 AM

Nice very nice.........I feel so romantic... ultimate......

Posted by Rajesh Gupta April 2, 09 07:07 AM

I find this idea of turning lights off when someone else tells you a complete disaster . It is a fake thing that makes you feel you did something good for earth. I was thought from a very young age NOT TO WASTE ANYTHING. Let it be energy, time, money, love etc. I don't feel the need to participate on this event because for me it is always earth hour...

Posted by fatma April 2, 09 07:08 AM

i agree..once a month for a better world! :)

Posted by cisca April 2, 09 07:10 AM



hatsoff....gr88 intiative and astounding response!

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Posted by PARAS DOSHI April 2, 09 07:31 AM

simply amazing

Posted by dc trivedi April 2, 09 07:38 AM

Everything looks so peaceful and natural. A breather in this hectic world to see nature.

Awesome. what about India ? we all should join.

Posted by Sujata Sudarshan April 2, 09 07:39 AM

An example of world wide co-operation. What's next???????

Posted by Cheviolas April 2, 09 07:43 AM

pictures are awesome..but i think you should cover more you see many countries are complaining... Malaysia, India, Singapore, etc ....
tremendous job !!!! :))

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 07:47 AM

Great Initiative.
Time to move further by involving more people in it.
Really great Hat's off.

Posted by Vikrant Chaudhari April 2, 09 07:48 AM

Really ! Our world is too Beautiful.God has created and we have decorated it so well..............................Imteaz.

Posted by SK IMTEAZUL ANAM April 2, 09 07:53 AM

AWESOME Pictures

Posted by Pratibha April 2, 09 07:53 AM


Posted by nupur April 2, 09 07:54 AM

Love the pics... should have this event reguarly. A very simple thing to do by each household that resulted a GREAT impact to the environment.

Posted by Ruth April 2, 09 07:54 AM

This is so amazing, I am sooo happy to see so many countries finally getting the message. If we don't do enough now to save our planet, then we shall all suffer.
Thanks everyone for doing your part, hope next year is even better.

Posted by sara April 2, 09 07:55 AM

It should not be the end , It must be start towords the redefining attitude for our mother earth. It must be start in other areas which affects the globle warming

Posted by GIrish Kumar Sinha April 2, 09 07:59 AM

These Pics are really treat for the eyes. Let us save our earth by turning off the lights and all other electronic equipments if we are not using it.

Posted by Arun April 2, 09 08:02 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 08:10 AM

These photos are very nice. Good effort to save environment.

Posted by Chain April 2, 09 08:11 AM

I am egyptian women, I am so sad because we don't have or learn the culture of (we are all responsable of any damage in the world) ,
this world hour should be applicable each month
we have to do cultural awareness on this subject all over the developing countries which I do not deny that I am one of it
in order to be more effective

Posted by ILARIA SANAD April 2, 09 08:12 AM

really awesome....
things liike this make us feel that though we are from different countries we are all born to one MOTHER ..the EARTH.

Posted by YASHWANTH April 2, 09 08:13 AM

Thats really nice

Posted by Sanju April 2, 09 08:13 AM

Looks great..... :):)
Great work!!!!

Posted by Andrew April 2, 09 08:19 AM

Well, we all agree the pictures are mind-blowing. But as many of the comments point out, they are an indication of how much wastage there is in resources all around the world. Why is it necessary to keep the lights on every day at the Beijing Olympics pool, or Nokia Plaza L.A. or the Acropolis, or the Djakarta main roundabout. To me, some of the pictures looked better when the lights were out. Yes, we do need street lights, no two ways about that. But with the other 'sights' we could just turn them on on special occasions or if we really need lights, we could reduce the amount of lighting. Those places would still look beautiful. While they were expertly taken, and looked awesome, the pictures actually proved how terribly irresponsible the world has become. We spend more, then we complain, and then spend more holding meetings and summits to talk about it all.

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Posted by yaseen April 2, 09 08:24 AM

Wat Differecnce would this make, the energy saved in one hour might be be gr8... but this wud be wasted in the next half hour.... is this really a difference... creating so much of a hype for a lie!

Posted by anonymous April 2, 09 08:26 AM

Its very good

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 08:27 AM

I wondered, if there are others out there, what they thought might be happening on this small planet. If maybe it was some kind of message for them. Very enjoyable.

Posted by miiya knoll April 2, 09 08:28 AM

My eyes are spinning like the wheels in a slot machine, I've had to "roll" them so much. Pinch yourselves, folks. You're all dreaming. Weirdos.

Posted by Wes April 2, 09 08:30 AM

so cool...

Posted by kun April 2, 09 08:38 AM

when lights go down
i shine all out!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 08:38 AM

Beautiful photos, amazing work, awesome effects :)

These are for you mother earth. We love you :)

Posted by Exalandra April 2, 09 08:40 AM

Malaysia boleh.....

oh where is Twin Towers?
very busy with UMNO?

Posted by jay hua tjat April 2, 09 08:41 AM

Very Nice Photography. These pics are superb.

Posted by Rajesh Rastogi April 2, 09 08:41 AM

fantastic Beautiful photos

Posted by K.Ramachandran April 2, 09 08:43 AM

i agree...once a month for our better life and better world :)

Posted by cisca April 2, 09 08:46 AM

its incredible to see, people all over the world actually following it.

Posted by Rahul Narsinghani April 2, 09 08:57 AM

awesome pics....thr was lot of awareness here in India too and pix from India should have been also included...nevermind may be next time :)

Posted by sumit April 2, 09 08:59 AM

To me it seems from the photos that most of the lights that went off during Earth Hour were "aesthetic" lighting (except street lights in Jakarta and Peru...cities which probably have much lower levels of energy consumption than LA, Beijing, etc). I don't know why everyone is raving about Earth Hour when it appears to be a trivial symbolic gesture where the highest energy consuming nations pretend for one hour in a year to care while the rest of the world applauds their "efforts"!!...why can't the energy addicts just stop wasting electricity for good...not just for 1 hour a year? And some of the places actually looked better with the lights off. Why not keep them off for the whole year?

Posted by Bangladesh April 2, 09 09:04 AM

Its really amazing pictures......

Posted by Mehul April 2, 09 09:05 AM


Posted by Vinayak April 2, 09 09:07 AM

God Is Great.. its fantastic...n make alot different...

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 09:10 AM

amazing...These things shud happen regularily..awareness of green world shud spread among all.

We are seeing financial crisis we shud not see the ecological crisis.

Posted by Antariksh April 2, 09 09:12 AM

so cool...

Posted by kun April 2, 09 09:18 AM

Best Web Page Ever seen....
Awesome Work
Grt Work..!!!!

Posted by nagcharan April 2, 09 09:23 AM

It is amaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnggggggg!

Posted by Stanley Waleanisia April 2, 09 09:26 AM

amazing....................but where our india ..............see TAZ MAHAL, REDFORT

u missed to add natural pictures

Posted by kiran kotla April 2, 09 09:31 AM

beautiful pictures i wish there was more support for the cause from around the world, lets keep up the spirit.

Posted by sanjay April 2, 09 09:36 AM

It is really a necessary step to protect our nation.

Posted by Bhaskar Raja Sundaram April 2, 09 09:38 AM

beatuiful pictures!! we should follow it globally once a month for sure!!
it'll be a very thoughtful practice :)))

Posted by Kamna Baweja April 2, 09 09:39 AM


Posted by anonymous April 2, 09 09:45 AM

jakarta rocks !!!

Posted by ega prass April 2, 09 09:47 AM

Great pictures! We too switched off all the lights & sat together had a lovely time.

Posted by geetha,muralidher & darshan April 2, 09 09:51 AM

Balakrishna, you idiot, shut up

Posted by chhaganbhujbad April 2, 09 09:51 AM

this is really a commendable initiative on the part of the world......but as far as i now...India is also one of the nations of this world.....then where is India ????why is it not in the list of those countries which had participated during the Earth Hour 2009???????? COME ON INDIA....ITS TIME TO WAKE UP.....just the participation of a handfull of Indians will not work.............JAGOO INDIA......JAGOOOOOOO

Posted by S.ARPITA April 2, 09 09:53 AM

Oh man that's beautiful! I'm so honored to have been a part of this! I was twittering and blogging about it all day! Even got some news coverage. It is inspirational and I've been talking with my employer on ways to make our company green too!

If anyone is interested in reading my blogs on how to go green please check my site also at


Posted by Megan April 2, 09 09:53 AM

awesome....... beatifull...... wonderful...... n speechless

Posted by rina tantri April 2, 09 09:55 AM

Is there any pictures from Philippines? Those stupid call center buildings should also close their lights and everything

Posted by joe romano April 2, 09 09:57 AM

its really true that we should think in deep. day by day tempeture is going up. water resources are getting down. everyone should think before doing turning on lights, switching engines and lot of things.
we can contribute by doing following things.
1. we can use public trasport.
2. we can switching off engine on traffic signals.
3. try to but hybird cars or solar cars.
4. plants more trees.
5. learn next generation about importance of Nature so that they can also contribute.
its everyone task. Every effort will be count.

Posted by Ranjit Thorat April 2, 09 09:58 AM

if we can do it for once a week we can prolong our future. let's make the dream of a better future come true. :)

Posted by Shelvina Lim Davies April 2, 09 10:04 AM

Good Idea, Hope this will work out and create awareness in people to save energy.

Posted by Vikas April 2, 09 10:05 AM

I hope ... Global warming will not happens !!! really sad think about it ... sad for our children ... our grandchildren ... Please do the best for OUR EARTH ..

Posted by Vera April 2, 09 10:09 AM

It took only an hour,, what a small sacrifice.. Let's take a bigger one =)

Posted by "LeeYa" April 2, 09 10:14 AM

This is awesome!!

Imagine the amount of energy we saved on that day for those many minutes across the world. That savings, if every country gives to their poor population, I am sure Mother Earth will bless us!!

In fact let's initiate such Earth Hour every month to help us.


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Posted by nick April 2, 09 10:32 AM

the pictures are awesome....ppl celebrating earth day.

Posted by Viki April 2, 09 10:37 AM

These are great pics. I tried to get my family to do earth hour, but their television shows were just too important. I did however get almost everything off, and not only that the following morning our electricity went out from 3am to 5:30pm.

Posted by Rich April 2, 09 10:44 AM


good combination of TIME, PLACE, NO LIGHTS and SAVINGS


Posted by sameer mahoolkar April 2, 09 10:46 AM

This is amazing! Totally amazing!

Posted by FrauLehmann April 2, 09 10:55 AM

What a beautiful site. I feel like a child and the world seems big again. I have hope for us all again.

Posted by Jason Linder April 2, 09 10:58 AM

wouw...excellent...great work...
jakarta is nice...

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 10:59 AM

Earth hour observed in India as well, but not a single picture is posted????

Posted by Amit Singh Sandhu April 2, 09 10:59 AM

awesome pics
i'd rather think the earth hour has helped this beautiful pics being taken rather than anything else

Posted by yvsajay April 2, 09 10:59 AM


Posted by kavita April 2, 09 11:15 AM

really its awesome......very nice

Posted by Seemakiran April 2, 09 11:22 AM

Simply Superb

Posted by Swapna April 2, 09 11:34 AM

Que bueno!!!! muy bien

Posted by Roberto April 2, 09 11:35 AM

Sugoiiiiii.... (^_^)

Posted by ay April 2, 09 11:36 AM

Simply Superb

Posted by Swapna April 2, 09 11:37 AM

this is amthg simply incredible....the initiative is wrth a applaud....n if we really plan to gv our children the best life....we need to put a check on our actions...n carelessness....!!!

Posted by anureeta sharma April 2, 09 11:40 AM

The photos, purely as a treatise on contrast in art, are stunning, and a testament to the human race.

But, sorry ... the pictures with lights evoke life and vibrance. If you want to live in darkness, there are plenty of places to live in the world where that's the only option. What a bunch of self-righteous, sanctimonious schmucks.

Posted by Thomas Payne April 2, 09 11:46 AM

totally awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ashwin jk April 2, 09 11:47 AM

Earth hour is awesome!!!! It should grow into something that happens once a week!!!

Posted by Samar April 2, 09 11:52 AM

Wow, AWESOME pics!!!! I live in a small town in OKLAHOMA. My family and a couple of neighbors gathered at my house and we just spent EARTH HOUR TOGETHER it was great!!! I actually just turned ALL the power OFF in my house and lite some candles and had the fireplace going and played Scatagories for an hour.. WE ALL HAD SO MUCH FUN!!!! I can't wait until it's EARTH HOUR 2010. I HOPE IT GROWS BIGGER AND BETTER. I only found out about it though was in my magazine BODY AND SOUL. And saw 1 commercial for it. I hope more people can get the word out better next year!!

Posted by Caren Sullivan April 2, 09 11:53 AM

Woooooooow it's nice & beautiful,

Posted by Tirta April 2, 09 11:54 AM

hey this is a good idea n its beautiful to see ........!!

Posted by sravani April 2, 09 12:00 PM

great initiative. To be honest I tought the Vegas pic would stay the same after the click :-P

Posted by graoutso April 2, 09 12:05 PM

very amazing!!

Posted by Mark April 2, 09 12:08 PM

Woooo Beautiful & Amazing time................
stop global warming.......

Posted by Tirta April 2, 09 12:11 PM

Excellent experience...

Posted by Jitendra Babu April 2, 09 12:17 PM

Great pics ! We should observe this every month for our future generations.

Posted by Hemangi April 2, 09 12:27 PM

wow it's incredible, we can make a change to this world

Posted by Nico April 2, 09 12:32 PM

Really very good looking snaps on real facts

Posted by Dinesh Babu April 2, 09 12:40 PM

Good Show, I live in London, Ontario and we did respect Earth Hour. From reports in the News Power consumption in Ontario dropped by 15%. I think we can do better than that.

Posted by Holman Garavito April 2, 09 12:44 PM


Posted by PJ April 2, 09 01:02 PM

WE can do anything we want - all we have to do is want to - like the man said...

Posted by Lilian Lorenz April 2, 09 01:06 PM

Extraordinary expirience.....but lets try more and more all together to have next time more and more images......

Posted by Leascy April 2, 09 01:06 PM

Some of us in our office used to switch off the lights and fans whenever we go out of the rooms. I wish that everybody follows the same.

Posted by sivarajan.v. chennai April 2, 09 01:08 PM

Jaago Jaago Jaago Re........(Wake Up)
Still the time, till the time, that would come in way of the beauty and lives.


Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 01:13 PM

Now think of all the power we are using to view and send these photos. Hmmm.

Posted by Dianne April 2, 09 01:17 PM

The pictures are beautiful. I was struck by how many non-essential lights were still on. And the pictures of the LA Entertainment center where the building sized flat screen stayed on show that even we Californians really just don't get it.

I wonder if anyone has done a study on how much could be saved by leaving all those non-essential lights off all the time, except for, say Christmas, or your country's favorite National Holiday, or some other (very) short period.

Posted by Nancy April 2, 09 01:23 PM

Excellent!!! It is really amazing that earth hour concept is really rocking whole world...

Posted by Lalit April 2, 09 01:23 PM

excellent...great work...

Posted by SALIM AKHTAR April 2, 09 01:25 PM

It is an awesome START!!
This gesture at least shows that we understand, now we should move forward to save energy in our everyday life. We should now understand, instead of looking for instant convenience, we should forsee long term disadvantages.

Posted by Suchita April 2, 09 01:32 PM


Posted by KALINA April 2, 09 01:33 PM

wow .....simply superb ..........

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Posted by Arpita April 2, 09 01:41 PM

I thought the pictures were breath taking. I enjoyed clicking the lights on and off to check out the contrast. All I can say is "wooooooooooooooooo"!!!

We should all conserve on energy as much as possible. Not only do I turn off the lights at home when they are not needed, but I do the same thing in the building I work at. I do it on a consistent basis.

We should all be mindful about not wasting anything. We should all practice conservation and be more environmentally friendly. Yep!

For all of those jabronies who have a problem with what I am saying - then to you I say this "you can take your opinion - shine that son of a bitch up real nice - take a good look at it - AND STICK IT STRAIGHT UP YOUR CANDY ASS".

I can dig the concept of EARTH HOUR. Word!

Posted by John April 2, 09 02:12 PM

In a few of these interesting and entertaining pictures, we can also see residences in far off neighborhoods. No lights were dimmed in any of those homes. So I would have to guess that only government types believe in Global Warming and the rest of us are a lot smarter than that.

Posted by roadbuggy April 2, 09 02:15 PM

interesting how menacing some of these structures become once they're hidden in the darkness.

Posted by brett April 2, 09 02:41 PM

amzing contributions.....humanity is working together...... it seems great!!!!!!
it shud b carried on all the places.....

Posted by kanika April 2, 09 02:49 PM

Looking at these pictures I am struck by the amount of energy wasted in illuminating public buildings. London's Houses of Parliament, the Lausanne Cathedral or the Eiffel Tower bathed in light are indeed very beautiful sights - but can we still afford such luxuries? They should be lit up on special occasions only. Turning the lights off in ordinary office buildings is even more crucial because there are millions of them, and keeping them in the dark would not involve any aesthetic sacrifice.

Edith K. Leslie,Toronto

Posted by Edith K. Leslie April 2, 09 02:53 PM

¡ Admirables las fotos y solidaria la idea ! ¡ EMOCIONANTE!

Posted by Marta Silvia April 2, 09 02:56 PM

These pics are defintiely cool to look at, but rather than suggesting we make an hour-long event "regular," why doesn't anybody ask what I feel is an obvious question....

If the light's are not essential, why are we wasting energy keeping them lit at all?

Sure, they may look nice, but so does an earth with clean water and air. And clean water and air are kind of essential, I'd say.

Posted by bizona April 2, 09 02:59 PM

Simply a great work of photography! ...n of course not to forget the contribution to the Earth Hour program :)

Posted by Jayadev Swai April 2, 09 03:07 PM

no noto la diferencia pero estan chidas las fotos

Posted by 666 April 2, 09 03:14 PM

Impressive photography. But it makes we wonder why we needed all those lights in the first place. We would all do just fine without all the architectural lighting and half the street lighting. Keep the darned lights off if we are REALLY serious about fighting climate change.

Posted by Paul D April 2, 09 03:42 PM

Great pictures! I loved them.
But I wanted to see the Obelisco of Buenos Aires :P

Posted by Mar April 2, 09 03:44 PM

Nothing says we can't do this on our own, whenever. The pictures are amazing but the point is to bring AWARENESS to everyone. Turn off the lights! Don't waste electricity. Be aware of it all the time. (And watch your electric bill go down.)

Posted by WeedMage April 2, 09 03:53 PM

WOW! That was so amazing!

Posted by Jennoma April 2, 09 04:03 PM

Great to see the participation. Lighting is beautiful, like jewelry to a room. Now , not later, we must increase our "time out" for the unnecessary lights.

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Posted by RITKA April 2, 09 04:51 PM

Great Job!! Great Photo's!!! Next year match more lights would be OFF!!

Posted by MANOLIS DARK April 2, 09 04:56 PM

Awesome pictures!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 05:03 PM

Great Job!! Great photos!! Next year more lights can be OFF!!

Posted by Manolis Dark April 2, 09 05:07 PM

Great energy saving pics!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 05:18 PM

great pictures!!

Posted by samorc April 2, 09 05:35 PM

I can't even get my husband to turn out the light in his closet when he leaves it. "Little drops of water..."

Posted by Alice Crosby April 2, 09 05:35 PM

ALL OF THEM IS AMAZING ...I love it , it look beautiful ...

Posted by Elena Welsh April 2, 09 05:36 PM

Passion for lighting amends more after seeing this.

Posted by lakshmi April 2, 09 05:46 PM

yar.. in India we celibate earth hour every day 3 hrs lol... and in country side the duration is 12-20 hours,,, :D

Posted by Abhinav Varshney April 2, 09 06:01 PM

I'm love your pictures and your works! There is one word to describe it. AMAZING.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 06:23 PM

Excellent we need more of this

Posted by Omar April 2, 09 06:32 PM

I can honestly say I was a part of this! KK

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 06:46 PM

I thought that this was a great way to conserve energy for our Earth. I was amazed at how many people took part in trying to save energy and I think it would be neat to find out how much energy we saved by taking part in Earth Hour.

Posted by Kaitlyn Kreuser April 2, 09 06:47 PM

Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro, had also turned off its lights to contribute for the cause. It's one of the seven modern wonders and deserves to be amog these monuments. Please, add its picture!

Posted by Anna Catharina Siqueira April 2, 09 06:53 PM

Well you know..this is probably a saving of energy...but certainly not a control of population you know when light goes out...people starting making love for sure..and in the next 9 months babies will appear....:))

Posted by Andrew April 2, 09 06:59 PM

I heard that the Eiffel Tower was only off for 5 minutes...not a whole hour. Strange.

Posted by kylesf411 April 2, 09 07:00 PM

This is great but only a "drop in the bucket". I see no reason why these lights cannot be off at all times except for Holidays and/or special days. The pictures without the lights are really beautiful. Not only would energy be saved but also money for the various budgets would be saved IF they are truly interested in saving money.


Posted by Marie Poston April 2, 09 07:13 PM

Did not the 'Earth Hour 2009' start from NEW ZEALAND? FYI : Here down in New Zealand we participated, too ........

Posted by Christina April 2, 09 07:22 PM

Amazing one, Great post

Posted by Raghavendra April 2, 09 07:25 PM

Fantastic. Since it started in Australia, the Sydney Harbour Bridge should have been included in these images.

Posted by Jackie L. April 2, 09 07:27 PM

That's a nice thing 2 c. 2 c the whole world go out like that shows the ability we have of prvnting global wrming. we all just hv to do it 2 make an impact

Posted by Kevin Osoba April 2, 09 07:30 PM

very beautiful

Posted by Eodia April 2, 09 08:21 PM

It is great. As the scientist "Abdul Kalaam" told, there is no instrument to measure the value of "Darkness"

Posted by Selva April 2, 09 08:46 PM


Posted by gbaiquni April 2, 09 08:48 PM

Amazing ,
my lima city

Posted by hernan April 2, 09 08:48 PM

Wow, two thumbs up. Its just awesome!

Posted by Eka April 2, 09 08:56 PM

we have to do this more often!! For the sake of our earth :)

Posted by Beriozka April 2, 09 09:03 PM

Beautiful images; excellent photography, important cause; now we just need to leave the lights off most of the time, and celebrate once a year by turning them on!

Posted by bf hall April 2, 09 09:19 PM

This is awesome... Jakarta you rock!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by joddy mario April 2, 09 09:31 PM

Superb attitude after ages from mankind. Bravo!!

Posted by Navakarti April 2, 09 09:43 PM

... just because you shut off the lights doesn't mean the power plants stop producing. There is no way to throttle back a dozens of large power plants (especially nuclear power plants) that feed a large city without wreaking havoc on the grid. It's a nice gesture but remarkably naïve

Posted by AE Neuman April 2, 09 09:45 PM

it's brilliant!!!
let's do more for our earth...

Posted by zuhair April 2, 09 09:49 PM

love it^^

Posted by ly April 2, 09 09:51 PM

Cool pics..I'm from Philippines. Our family also switched off lights after dinner at exactly 8:30pm and sat down in the park for an hour. Well, our picture is not included here but it doesn't mean that we did not participate. I can proudly say that we participated and I would love to do it again once a week.

Posted by Thea April 2, 09 09:55 PM

superb grabe ang ganda weeeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by awesome April 2, 09 09:57 PM

we are custodians of this great place for our children and we have a responsibility to preseve it. let us do it in rtght earnest.

Posted by I R Rajkumar April 2, 09 10:03 PM

nice photo!

Posted by Carol Ng April 2, 09 10:20 PM

Very beautiful ....lest saving the energy for our planet :-))))

Posted by budhi gk April 2, 09 10:26 PM


Posted by INYONG April 2, 09 10:29 PM

Wonderful ... !!!

Posted by ieRmA April 2, 09 10:32 PM

Totally awesome pctures, we to clicked off.

Posted by steve April 2, 09 10:34 PM

All pictures are amazing.
but in my opinion, number 1 is Jakarta, followed by Beijing.
Love my earth!

Posted by Jonny Ho April 2, 09 10:34 PM

oh very nice picture.

Posted by miliantiw April 2, 09 10:40 PM

GOOD pics.......

Posted by GANDHARVA M URS April 2, 09 10:50 PM

Wow!...great starting to wake we up to give our best attention and act for saving our earth to be better than now ^^

Posted by Fransisca AM Bukit April 2, 09 10:50 PM

cool..!!! great action and awesome picture.!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 10:55 PM

It Was So Wonderful !!!! Amazing,,for me Las Vegas Is On The Top!!!Tnx

Posted by From Philippines : M.A. April 2, 09 10:56 PM

wow amazing!!!!!

Posted by chloe janelle April 2, 09 10:56 PM

If you want to see the beauty in light......Switah it off!
However the Earth Hour and its significance could be seen clearly through the darkness.

Posted by M.G.Menon, Washington April 2, 09 11:02 PM

Woooow.... its wonderful

Posted by Indung April 2, 09 11:04 PM

Y'all are truly nuts.

Posted by redstateguy April 2, 09 11:04 PM


Posted by rohit April 2, 09 11:22 PM

wow incredile idea, but it can do in every month, not just every year.

Posted by sObie April 2, 09 11:24 PM

They should have turned off MORE lights AND turned off the AC as well! Then we would get somewhere!

Posted by Mary Pat April 2, 09 11:28 PM

Very Very Good Pic.

Posted by Rohit April 2, 09 11:28 PM

SO AMAZING! i love every picture :)

Posted by nix April 2, 09 11:31 PM

Caren Sullivan says - "... it was great. I actually just turned ALL the power OFF in my house and lite some candles and had the fireplace going and played Scatagories for an hour."

You are a moron - if you believe in man made global warming - then you created a larger carbon footprint by lighting candles and the fireplace than you would have by using electricity.

Posted by salviation April 2, 09 11:35 PM

It's high time to realise the need of an hour as global worming having it's effect on atmosphere across the globe. If this is a begining by the whole world unitedly for our awarness towards global warming than all together can really create miracle for any problem.

Posted by Ashish Shah April 2, 09 11:45 PM

How stupid. We are being duped by this nonsense. Global warming is just a platform for exploitation

Posted by Ding Dong Daddy April 2, 09 11:45 PM

Powerful images!! Who knew the dark can be so beautiful!

Posted by Eh__ April 2, 09 11:46 PM

wow... wonderfull pictures...
wait next program for save the global warming..

Posted by ichsan April 2, 09 11:59 PM

Great Job Great Efforts! I salute you guys passion!!

Posted by LC Lim Li Chun April 3, 09 12:04 AM

Pals....! so be strict and serious abt the enery we are using ....TRY to Save whatever is left on earth :-(

Posted by Suvarna April 3, 09 12:04 AM

Amazing .... just imagine what we can achieve if this happens 1 hour everyday!!

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Posted by irti kapoor April 3, 09 12:12 AM

Wonderful o(^^)o

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Posted by dipayan ghosh April 3, 09 12:20 AM

The pictures are totally me many of the places look far better by star and moon light than they do with harsh artificial lights. Another thing that strikes me is the amount of unnecessary lighting of skyscrapers and buildings not only in Las Vegas and Toronto but also in China, Hong Kong and Taipei. Observing earth hour once a year is, however, not going to control our reckless spending of precious energy -- maybe we should all get together and observe earth hour once a month.

Posted by geetanjali April 3, 09 12:25 AM

"Earth hour is awesome!!!! It should grow into something that happens once a week!!!"
Posted by Samar April 2, 09 11:52 AM

I totally agreed with this statement.. :)
we should start action for our future...

Posted by gem's April 3, 09 12:29 AM


Posted by sonni April 3, 09 12:29 AM

the citizen of the earth works together.
and amazingly... it works.
one earth, one sky, one humankind.

Posted by shivalaya April 3, 09 12:36 AM

what an amazing site... good to see people are waking the hell up...

Posted by ryan April 3, 09 12:38 AM

The pictures are really nice. I hope next year India will also join the list.

Posted by poulami April 3, 09 12:45 AM

Its So Wonderful! superb!
Amazing,,for me Las Vegas Is On The Top of all.
I thought that this was a great way to conserve energy for our Earth

Posted by Susenjit singh April 3, 09 12:50 AM

woooooowwwwwwww, is great and wonderful

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 12:54 AM

Simply Superb
dats gr8 to see that whole world is participating in this type of initiatives to save earth.
Hopes these types of initiatives should be taken at regular intervals to save our planet

Posted by Vroom April 3, 09 12:56 AM

WOW! Superbe! It's heartening to see how much participation has gone into the initiative...and how much difference it'd have made! The pictures sure spoke a million words! :)
Kudos to the initiators and the participants!

At home, we switched off the main switch and spent an hour in the moonlight! And t was so much fun! Look forward to Earth Hour 2010. In the meanwhile, we'll be switching off the fridge / high-power consuming appliances for 2 hours every evening :)

Posted by Scorpria April 3, 09 12:57 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 01:01 AM

What a fruitless act. What did it accomplish? This hysteria truly has superbly surfaced the sophomoric. It reminds me of the people who honk their car horns to show support for protestors and believe they have accomplished something by this gesture. Empty good intentions are just that . . . empty. Although no harm was done by this, no good was done either. “Awareness” alone means nothing. The 1100+ comments on this board that praise this as some sort of commendable act illustrate the groundless and scoff-able actions that pass as affective. What is held up and pedestaled in my time causes me to weep.

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Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 01:05 AM

Outstanding... We should have a Earth hour every week all over the country. Its high time we save our Planet to Save ourselfs.

Posted by Vipin April 3, 09 01:05 AM

Are made sure every damn light and TV were ON during that joke of an hour.

Posted by Mike April 3, 09 01:08 AM

The earth hour is a beautiful concept and there is a wonderful though behind it. As per some caluculation, if 1 billion people participated in the earth hour, the power saved was equal to 6 seconds of emissions from China. I am glad i contributed to those few seconds.

Our actions affect the world we live in... and unless we start making a difference now, we could end up in a situation like the cartoon Wall-e, without the spaceship to save us. Its not upto the government or NGO's to bring things under control, they only have the money and infrastructure, but each individual must want the change, for these agencies to be effective in what they do.

Posted by Nithya April 3, 09 01:08 AM

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!Earth Hour 2009 let's celebrate

Posted by Kri$hna April 3, 09 01:11 AM

amazing pics

Posted by amol April 3, 09 01:19 AM

these pictures are amazing .
but for the global warming we will have to aware every one.
so pl join the hand to strive the global warming

Posted by deepak ahuja April 3, 09 01:19 AM

Its good to see the world walking all together for something good

Posted by Saurabh April 3, 09 01:24 AM

really nice pics...Just a little sad about India not being there.

Posted by K G T April 3, 09 01:34 AM

This pics are awesome

Posted by Madras amma April 3, 09 01:35 AM

Beautiful....Very Beautiful.....Execellent..!!

Posted by Iwan A April 3, 09 01:42 AM

Pretty silly concept. Clearly the only lights that were soused were public illumination. The overwhelming majority of private and office lights were left on. I fail to understand how sitting in the dark for an hour is instructive....other than reinforcing the basic stupidity of the effort.

Posted by MCT April 3, 09 01:44 AM

Simply Superb and Thank You for this amazing pics

Posted by Pankaj Goenka April 3, 09 01:46 AM

It really is so awesome...we shud have it once every month

Posted by kane April 3, 09 01:49 AM

Awesome, excellent, and wonderful~~!!!!!!

Posted by Tan Chee Sen, Johor Bahru - Malaysia April 3, 09 01:49 AM

its awesome yaar,wish this could happen again

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Posted by sahil April 3, 09 01:57 AM

Jakarta Paling SERU.....!!!

Posted by santosa April 3, 09 02:03 AM

Great.!!!!!!! Really amazing and fabulous!!!! So beautiful......

Posted by Arun Kumar April 3, 09 02:08 AM

Too good...such events should be held everyday... if not for an hour, atleast for 15-20 mins will be more than enough to save our Earth.

Posted by Divya April 3, 09 02:09 AM

Pics are really good but our responsibilities do not end just by praising the pics. We really need to understand the consequences of global warming and every one should contribute in any way so that the disaster can be avoided.

Posted by Rohan April 3, 09 02:11 AM

very nice....very beautiful....very amazing....

Posted by sylvi April 3, 09 02:12 AM

amazing.....can we do it every saturday?..................

Posted by Triyatno April 3, 09 02:12 AM

Really Good!!

Posted by akanksha April 3, 09 02:14 AM

definetly wonderful!!
i love clicking the picture and see all the lights off..wew!it's definetly amazing..
let's support the EARTH HOUR
1 people,1 day,1 hour...
it's simply for you..but it helps earth a lot!

Posted by Ratna Delia April 3, 09 02:17 AM


Posted by hari prasad April 3, 09 02:18 AM

indeed awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ambika April 3, 09 02:22 AM

I am real wonder.......why the india is not there............................It's real woderful

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 02:22 AM

Simply awesome... fantastic.
This exercise of "turning off the lights for an hour" clearly demonstrates that we can indeed remove many unnecessary or extra lights from every places where these are actually not required...

Posted by Vinod Rowmuria April 3, 09 02:27 AM

Keren..... buangets....
Semua kota di Dunia Serentak matikan Lampu...
Selamatkan Dunia !!!! Stop Global warming.....

Jakarta - Indonesia

Posted by Leila Nurina April 3, 09 02:29 AM

Make the Mark

Posted by Ashish Goyal April 3, 09 02:32 AM

great pics also excellent work.............should be followed by others worldwide.........

Posted by Ayanika sen April 3, 09 02:33 AM

Wow really superb...!!!!!

Posted by Sekar April 3, 09 02:39 AM

Wow..its so amazing...!!!

Posted by Priscillia Chan April 3, 09 02:39 AM



Posted by AMBRISH TANDON April 3, 09 02:43 AM

Its such a fascinating experience that everybody should experience. Recent developments in technologies has taken us to a different platform to enjoy many things visually which otherwise would have come in our dreams.
My sincere compliments to all those who were behind this creation and to the one who had the mind to circulate it too.

Posted by Sudarshan April 3, 09 03:03 AM


Posted by sheila April 3, 09 03:05 AM

this need to done more often ......and all the lights need to replaced by CFL.....its we who need to think of our world let our childrens enjoy the same world what we and our ancestors have .......

Posted by zubair khan April 3, 09 03:08 AM

excellent ... great work....

Posted by NanthaKumar S April 3, 09 03:09 AM

Big plaudit to the creator(s) of those absolutely splendid photographs, and not to forget, this incredible idea of doing that!!

Posted by Jochen von Jähnichen, Germany April 3, 09 03:09 AM

Wooo..its very good. Btw where from Jakarta, Indonesia

Posted by Jack April 3, 09 03:10 AM

Awesome one of the best pictures I have ever seen.

Posted by Mythri April 3, 09 03:13 AM


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Posted by Iwan Setiawan April 3, 09 03:16 AM

Well, no words can describe the effords demonstrated by so many countries, corporations and the people who come together to do their part to save the world. I am glad that my family were also joining it.

Posted by W & P April 3, 09 03:17 AM

wonderfull images ... !

Posted by maria pantazidou April 3, 09 03:25 AM

jakarta kerennn, pertama kalunya , gw jg bartisipasi, moga2 taun dpn makin annyak yg partisipasi kerne coyyy

Posted by aloy April 3, 09 03:26 AM

WOW! that was really impressing! I wish they would do that everynight 365 days a year.
Just imagine the amount of energy we would be saving worldwide...

Posted by Juan Dedios April 3, 09 03:28 AM

It's really nice to observe this day....(rather this hour) to save our planet...(:- I think we should inculcate the habit of doing it and save the fuel and power wherever/ whenever possible and within our control...

Posted by Naveen Joshi April 3, 09 03:30 AM


Posted by Abhirup Roy April 3, 09 03:36 AM

I am just amazed seeing the pictures and also disppointed that I couldn't find Delhi or Mumbai skylines in these group of photos. Well, its a great gesture from all counries to join hands for the future of our Planet. Hats Off !! May be we should do it every month for few mins. than an hour.

Posted by k. Rajkumar April 3, 09 03:40 AM

But we, in india, have been celebrating earth hour for years, everyday. Even now we have a power cut for hours.

Posted by yogi April 3, 09 03:46 AM

Super good photography.. we need an Earth Hour Monthly, make people realize that light doesn't come for free. More Awareness, More Education, and Clear Message.

Posted by Coldstonecreamsauce April 3, 09 03:47 AM

wow! incredible..thanks all I can say.

Posted by Anuradha K April 3, 09 03:50 AM

what hypocrites .... you ravage the planet for a century and come up with this sham..... Shame. Do we actually need a globally concerted effort to save electricty aka save planet earth? Just a li'll bit of common sense will do fine. But then Hey where's the drama in that. Now that these nitwits have shown the world a way , they are very much free to go about doing which they do best. R*** the planet.
Photos very nice ofcourse.
God Bless

Posted by Dhananjay April 3, 09 03:53 AM

AWESOMENESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by MOLLY MOTHA April 3, 09 03:55 AM

Really its amazing .... the picutres are nice and very clarity is there.....

Posted by Regalla Naresh Reddy April 3, 09 03:58 AM

Amazing..!! Superb..!!

Posted by Priya Sinha April 3, 09 03:58 AM

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO thats the only word that I can think of.
Wanna make a real difference? STOP WASTING ENERGY in your day 2 day life.. I have already started.
If you needs tips let me know at


Posted by Trying to achieve impossible. April 3, 09 03:59 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 04:00 AM

The pics are great. But this earth hour has tought us one thing, WHY CANT WE SWITCH OFF UNNECESSARY LIGHTININGS PERMANANTLY? Do we really need so much lights? just wasting energy for show off where there is no enery and electricity in some areas of earth. We better save energy.

Posted by Himani April 3, 09 04:01 AM


Posted by TeeN April 3, 09 04:03 AM

Bagus banget sih ini gambar...

Great !!

Posted by krypt April 3, 09 04:03 AM

CHEERS .. To Our Gud ol' Earth..!!!!

Posted by Gayatri Adhikary April 3, 09 04:11 AM

good work mahn....its awesome

Posted by cooper April 3, 09 04:14 AM


Posted by Andre April 3, 09 04:19 AM

I wish that this hour grows into many more hours and we soon have an Earth day!

Posted by Gayathri April 3, 09 04:21 AM

Earth hour is awesome!!!! It should grow into something that happens once a week

Posted by Shivkumar.kalshetty April 3, 09 04:23 AM

And Times Square in NYC embarrassed us in front of the world by not complying.

Posted by mikvance April 3, 09 04:25 AM

In that one hour I realize that the stars are really beautiful!

Posted by Krishna Soma April 3, 09 04:29 AM

Amazing pics.....................

Posted by Dhan, India April 3, 09 04:30 AM


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Posted by STELLA April 3, 09 04:34 AM

It is quite impressive . Looks better without light Pl see again the buckingham palace and bigben in London . The lighting seems to take away the natural beauty . if at all lighting is required it can be limited for the plane to see when flying .

Posted by kss April 3, 09 04:34 AM


Posted by Kiran April 3, 09 04:41 AM

wat an image exalent

it's brilliant!!!
let's do more for our earth......

Posted by jagadeesh April 3, 09 04:43 AM

It’s really marvelous !!! on single mouse click

Posted by ravindra.bhoir April 3, 09 04:44 AM

Absolutely fantastic!!!

Posted by Christne Stavrakis April 3, 09 04:45 AM

It is one of d most wonderful actions on shows d real spirit and unity of human beings here !!!

Posted by DHRUBA BARMAN April 3, 09 04:56 AM


Posted by jane pangemanan April 3, 09 04:57 AM

Its Amazing to see this

Posted by pavan April 3, 09 04:57 AM

Perfect 10/10

Posted by Steven Pan April 3, 09 04:58 AM

Did anyone else feel that the majority of these sites actually looked far more awesome with their lights OUT?? I think it is is hoping we see more of this!

Posted by Nicky April 3, 09 04:58 AM

This is brilliant!
An amazing initiative indeed. If people do it daily (turn off unnecessary lights) then imagine how much we'd be saving! Why don't people understand? :(

Posted by Vidhyashankar April 3, 09 05:02 AM

CHEERS!!! earth energy and stop global warming

Posted by anna April 3, 09 05:03 AM

Nice snaps.....

Posted by Sagar April 3, 09 05:03 AM

Jakarta seemed to have taken Earth Hour seriously Dangerously. Everything, even street lights were off. Must've had an amazing number of traffic accidents. Bangkok's lights seemed to have turned on at turn off hour? Photos are a good testimony of how influential a movement Earth Hour has become. Thanks for the post up, but to what extent it has truly affected global warming? Our children will know....

Posted by marinateoh April 3, 09 05:03 AM

Thanx a lot for every participant! Let's do it again! TOGETHER! For OUR earth!

Posted by Arnette H. April 3, 09 05:09 AM

Its simply superb

Posted by Manasa April 3, 09 05:10 AM

The pictures are really very beautiful I was taken back for a while.

Posted by Paul George April 3, 09 05:10 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 05:12 AM

Amazing stuff........but i just hope every man realizes the critical hour we are living in. Each one of our efforts can help make a difference to our globe and our coming generation.

Posted by Craig April 3, 09 05:15 AM

cant wait for the next time...............

Posted by Robby Lintong April 3, 09 05:15 AM

Ruaaaar biasa !!!

Posted by Michelle April 3, 09 05:26 AM


Posted by sangeetha April 3, 09 05:27 AM

wow,its wonderful & also saves a lot of power too...may be we have to organise this type of event once in a year.

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Posted by DEBRA EVERETTS April 3, 09 05:43 AM

big thing for small world.

Posted by intana April 3, 09 05:51 AM

Wow!!!! Shud happen quite often!!!!

Posted by Amit April 3, 09 05:54 AM


Posted by PRABHU KIRAN April 3, 09 05:56 AM

********** Its nice to see all these changes (Lighting change as well as Change to people's thought to restore our Earth) *******************

Posted by SARAVANAN April 3, 09 05:56 AM

Good job well done. Spread the word....

Posted by Susankritha April 3, 09 06:03 AM

Those photos are absolutely amazing!!!!! Well done a!!!!

Posted by A.T.Lindner April 3, 09 06:05 AM

My neighborhood decided we were going to protest, you see SOMEONE forgot to tell GORE about earth hour and the idiot left lights on all over, even outside. SO figured if the enlightened one did not take it serious neither would we. SO we too went home and turned our lights on and back went on our landscaping lights, and flood lights.

Does Gore think everyone is a schmuck but him?

Posted by Andrea April 3, 09 06:06 AM

oh maaaay.....
amaaaaaaaazziiing action.....
lets do it more...and moooore..........!!
-Jakarta kereeeen!!-

Posted by Tia April 3, 09 06:06 AM

kamaal ka hai..yaar....nothing like it in the world.....but I could not find our India's pics herein.....someone could click it many places are there in our india......which will definately fit into it...

Posted by Jayant April 3, 09 06:07 AM

hmm.... Yeah its good

Posted by Rakesh Vamsi April 3, 09 06:07 AM

Wonderfull, congradulations!!

Posted by Rallou April 3, 09 06:12 AM

Amazing..but we all have to save energy!!love the earth..

Posted by pan April 3, 09 06:12 AM



Posted by MATHEW ABRAHAM April 3, 09 06:14 AM

Wonderful capture of a superb event

Posted by Sabhari Nath April 3, 09 06:14 AM

Its Amazing to see that nearly 80 countries are fighting for global environment change....

Posted by Sujan Kumar Reddy. S April 3, 09 06:19 AM

It is amazing .............. people really care about this world!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ashwini Kumar Mangalat April 3, 09 06:24 AM

No entry from India. Probably next time we will have TajMahal here.

Posted by Rajesh Srivastava April 3, 09 06:33 AM

It seems all the buildings have lights only.! ! ! ! !

Posted by Jagadish Gurav April 3, 09 06:34 AM

Fantastic ......... great pics , time has come to thick about environment friendly solutions!

Posted by Shatadeepa April 3, 09 06:39 AM

truely awesome

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 06:40 AM

Beautiful !!!!!! Awesome !!!! :)

Posted by Suma April 3, 09 06:41 AM

Great pics. Great attitude by all involved.
Many thanx to Earth Hour organizers.
We participated, always will, and hope
that we leave our children & their children
a better planet. Love to you all from Australia.

Posted by Pete Harris, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. April 3, 09 06:43 AM

Awesome pics...

Posted by anjali April 3, 09 06:44 AM

It can't be better than this......
really amazing

Posted by Aman Dua April 3, 09 06:53 AM

Awesome pictures...!!!!!!
Nice to see all the countries contributed for the EARTH HOUR.....

Posted by Rekha April 3, 09 06:54 AM

The less electricity used, the less taxes collected one your electric bill. Do this every other day and you can just raise taxes to make up the difference. Evil electricity. Evil oil, too. Let's all go live in tents with candles. Oops. The fire from the candles might pollute the air. Rats!

Posted by Bruce Kayser April 3, 09 06:58 AM

Its good to see the world taking up measures to prevent global warming. We should try to prevent global warming in our own houses. First let us use less air conditioners and keep our vehicles well tuned by using proper oils so that less heat is generated.

Posted by i.Rajeshwar Rao April 3, 09 07:02 AM

It's beautiful thank you sir for sharing

Posted by Don April 3, 09 07:04 AM

i think this practice should be adopted once in a month basis around the globe.....wat do u say.....

Posted by Bhuvi.... April 3, 09 07:10 AM

INSPIRING ! ! ! look how the 2 busses on the right of the JAKARTA CIRCLE
move forward on the dark picture ! Nice photos ! ! !
(at least once a month)

Posted by Dawie Jacobs (snr) April 3, 09 07:12 AM

Awesome pictures! Need to care about nature, it is high time! Am glad that I and my family were part of it

Posted by Jayasudha April 3, 09 07:12 AM

Its amazing

Posted by Vidya April 3, 09 07:13 AM

mind-blowing , i cant say anything more then this.

Posted by Kurra Prashanth April 3, 09 07:18 AM

Hahaha - The amount of energy powering everything back up easily ate up all that was saved by turning them off for an hour.

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 07:21 AM

This is our moral responsibility. If someone can pay 10 times the electricity bill he actually needs , doesnt mean that he should involve himself in act of wastage of resorces that are of global impotance...Hmmm. i have learned a lesson and became ware..hope same for everyone.

Posted by Sumeet April 3, 09 07:21 AM

wonderful . Makes us feel we also must join the effort to save the earth.

Posted by Kamala April 3, 09 07:28 AM

WOW truly AMAZING!!!!

It will be great if ALL the countries in the world can participate switching off unnecessary lights.... It will also be great if we can do it regularly, maybe once a month??

SAVE OUR EARTH!! You should care about your own planet! I mean, YOU LIVE HERE!!!!

Posted by pinky April 3, 09 07:31 AM

Superb Collection!!

Posted by vipul April 3, 09 07:32 AM

fantastic!!!!contiuoun it!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 07:37 AM

WOW!!! awesome ... so amazing, my favorite pic 11.

Posted by Molly, singapore April 3, 09 07:59 AM

This is lame.

Sure, the pictures are beautiful and sure, it shows us how much electricity is being wasted when we switch on lights unnecessarily but what happens after Earth Hour? Everyone just goes back to using electricity as if it was an unlimited commodity. -_-

Posted by Mags April 3, 09 08:00 AM

We should have this EVERY Month...
We are just doing it for 1 hour & saving Huge Energy
Thanks... to the NEW Adapting Generation...

Posted by Rashminder April 3, 09 08:00 AM

Has no one noticed how beautiful these cities are without all the glitzy lights?

Posted by packard April 3, 09 08:01 AM
Posted by TaKeella Mockingbird April 3, 09 08:02 AM

amazing! well done, great idea. loved it. superb.

Posted by Elen April 3, 09 08:07 AM

It's beautiful thank you for sharing

INSPIRING ! ! ! look how the 2 busses on the right of the JAKARTA CIRCLE
move forward on the dark picture ! Nice photos ! ! !
(at least once a month)

Posted by Yogesh April 3, 09 08:08 AM

I can not believe that the entire world is so stupid. This little display only goes to show that people have stopped thinking for themselves and now require morons to think for them. Earth Hour! How stupid! CO2 reduction is the biggest farce that mindless people have fallen for to date. CO2 is required for plant growth. It does not pollute. The biggest greenhouse gas is water vapor! What are you going to do about that?

Mindless global citizens, turn off your own lights, but leave the rest of us alone. Your bogus science only serves to line the pockets of morons like Algore.

Maybe a cave would more to your liking and would be in line with your other mindless science of evolution.

BTW, the pictures looked awesome with the lights ON. The dark ones were depressing like your mindless attitudes.

Posted by Light 'em Up April 3, 09 08:10 AM


Posted by dev April 3, 09 08:12 AM

incredible, awesome!! happy earth hour!

Posted by Fadli Rozi April 3, 09 08:23 AM

Too good.

Posted by Soumya April 3, 09 08:25 AM

It's really nice to observe this day....(rather this hour) to save our planet.
Awesome pictures! Need to care about nature.
Mintu Barman .Canada, kingston

Posted by Mintu Barman April 3, 09 08:27 AM

It will be better if we stop admiring the picture and think for the reason for which its beind done....

Posted by Prem April 3, 09 08:31 AM

Its really wonderful

Posted by Parvathy CN April 3, 09 08:33 AM


Posted by bijan April 3, 09 08:37 AM

kapan gue bisa pergih kesana yah.......indahhhhhhhhhhhh banget

Posted by teddy April 3, 09 08:47 AM

i need this in our real life
to save earth
for our further generations

Posted by saravanan April 3, 09 08:50 AM

I liked the lone, brave building in Las Vegas that stood against the tyrannical earth day mob. That took some guts and is a shining beacon of truth for the rest of us! Way to go!

Posted by Brad April 3, 09 08:50 AM

Great effort! :)!

Hats off to all the countries who have contributed for this nobel cause to save our Earth! :-)

Posted by Veena April 3, 09 08:50 AM

Really nice

Posted by Sankar April 3, 09 09:04 AM

Why do all the shops have to have their lights on al night? Hundreds and hundreds of lights. If we were to tresure our resources more keenly, events like Earth Hour would just be a rather wonderful sight to behold rather than a protest by people trying to save the world for our children and grandchildren.

Posted by Laura April 3, 09 09:06 AM

Absolutely stunning! We should have more of such intiatives to save this planet we call home.

To the photographer(s): Awesome pictures!

Posted by Anil April 3, 09 09:11 AM

Nice photos baby !!!

Posted by Kostas Holidis - Kavala Greece April 3, 09 09:15 AM

I wondered if any of the Middle East countries participated. They often have blazing lights on all night in many of their buildings and trees too.

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Posted by Sreenivasulu Naidu Tarimeni April 3, 09 09:21 AM

Amazing, what a emotional feeling. We must take care of our planet.

Posted by mary anne bell-inns April 3, 09 09:33 AM

Its very beatiful!!

Posted by Vivekanandan April 3, 09 09:39 AM

You pulled off a great event... This would have made great number of people ponder over the issue and may some world leaders would take the issue seriously in future.

Posted by Gowhar Fazili April 3, 09 09:46 AM

Good Picher

Posted by chetangowda April 3, 09 09:56 AM

Nice pics. thank you for sharing ..
FYI Indonesia has one remarkable activity to ease the earth tension called Nyepi Day (Silence??). No (or Less) human activites allowed during that day including use of electricity for 24 hour (keep them low). Nyepi is the day of Balinese New Year which is celebrated with day of silence, fasting, and meditation from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning,. It happens in Bali and part of Lombok island. almost all people in Bali participate in this activity (around 3 millions). This year it happens in March 26, 2009.

Posted by Rido April 3, 09 10:10 AM

Amazing and unbelievable

Posted by kandhati April 3, 09 10:14 AM

Amazing action!!!!

Posted by Stathis Semitakis April 3, 09 10:22 AM

fantastic............. i love it!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by efthimis April 3, 09 10:25 AM

great uploads ......thanks!

Posted by Imtiaz April 3, 09 10:48 AM

Buena idea ,pero lo mejor es el dia a dia en casa y en la ciudad,por ejemplo esas luces que se quedan toda una mañana encendida en las calles de la ciudad ,esas carreteras demasiado alumbradas ypor lo contrario otras zonas sin luz etc..........

Posted by Inmaculada Ramos April 3, 09 10:48 AM

We are so accustomed to tourist lights being "on" at night that people think it is "unusual" when the lights are turned off. This suggests to me that our baseline for what is considered "normal" is scewed.

I realize that tourism generates revenue; however, perhaps we could reserve these lights for special occassions, or limit their use to certain hours or days of the week. By doing so the effect on people would be threefold - they would come to appreciate how spectacular and beautiful these lights look at night, see how much light is actually produced and realize how much electricity the lights actually use. Another point to consider...candles when used at night or on special occasions evoke a feeling sacredness and speciality. We are fortunate to have electrical light at night; we should hold it in the same regard as the light produced by a candle.

Posted by Kristine Gravelle-Rystenbil April 3, 09 10:49 AM

Very nice pictures

Posted by Vinay April 3, 09 10:53 AM

Je vais régulièrement sur ce site et je suis toujours admirative devant ces magnifiques photos. Quel qu'en soit le sujet, les photographes sont toujours inspirés et notre environnement devient soudain, plus beau...

Posted by Brigitte April 3, 09 10:59 AM

Don't you feel guilty using lights in the evening? Using fossil fuel to heat your home and drive your car? Buying food, clothes, and shelter that required the Earth's energy? Using drugs, medicine, and healthcare that require energy?

U people are crazy earth worshippers...
I think I will increase my carbon footprint during that hour...
Who is John Galt?

Posted by Don April 3, 09 10:59 AM


Posted by Ricky April 3, 09 11:03 AM

Awesome!!! one of the best pictures I have ever seen.

Posted by manish April 3, 09 11:05 AM

Another litle game to distract people from real problems. War, poverty, aids....

Everybody happy now lets all say WOW!!!

Until next year we play again.

Posted by Xristos Tsiboukis April 3, 09 11:05 AM

This is amazing!!

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 11:10 AM

Amazing like Christmas lights in December when everything is lit up so beautiful and then disappears in a glimpse with the touch of a switch. Fantastic to conserve and respect the miracles of technology without waste.

Posted by Joni Anderson April 3, 09 11:11 AM

this can be done more often say once every week. Earth will be a better place to live in.

Posted by Milu April 3, 09 11:15 AM

it was fantastic i think at the future we must have The earth's d a y.

Posted by Angela April 3, 09 11:16 AM

amazing. that earth hour

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Posted by Anuja April 3, 09 11:35 AM

THIS IS STUNNING !! both a realization of how energy we spend and how beautiful our monuments can be at night !!

Posted by Laurent April 3, 09 11:38 AM

excellent!!!!!!!! haven't seen it before like this

Posted by shanmugarajan April 3, 09 11:48 AM

Excellent and amazing pictures.This kind of excercise should be repeated world over, if possible every month and thus save the energy and our planet.

Posted by K. P. Das April 3, 09 11:59 AM

y cann't they do it everyday. Instead of cutting the light once a year, we can put the lights once in a year. Are you going to admire this beauty when u r at sleep? By reducing the energy spent for these buildings, we can actually save the natural beauty of our planet.

Posted by Anu April 3, 09 12:00 PM

I'm astonished and moved...

Posted by romance April 3, 09 12:09 PM



its awesome.........
good job.....
just go on....................

Posted by jam April 3, 09 12:14 PM

The idea of having an earth hour campaign is to bring people together to work for the cause of fighting climate change and global warming.Switching of power doesn't necessarily help in a country like India where there are power cuts for 3 hrs everyday.

Posted by Vinay April 3, 09 12:15 PM

Once in a life time pics. Great to see.

Posted by Nitin . April 3, 09 12:19 PM

its realy great we should observe one day as power conservation day .

Posted by A.Vijayanand April 3, 09 12:22 PM

por mostrar
alguna union
en el mundo,
atraves de lo bello que es...........................

Posted by juanpablobascurriquelme April 3, 09 12:32 PM


Posted by edina April 3, 09 12:32 PM

That was the most stupid/guiltridden action I've ever witnessed... What about the countless hours we fall asleep and turn off the light!? Don't they count in the resumee of good deeds which save the world? What if satan wanted to sleep? Should he keep the light on just for the sake of being evil?

Posted by Lafit 1967 April 3, 09 12:33 PM

Loved it. It should happen more often then a SPECIFIC DAY!!!!!!!!!

Posted by AJ April 3, 09 12:52 PM

this is so empowering, seeing major cities all throughout the world coming, how incredible

Posted by Meredith April 3, 09 12:54 PM

This i gonna make the Earth better.

Posted by Rick (Sweden) April 3, 09 12:56 PM

I think several of the pictures actually look better in the dark the acropolis for one even Bangkok looks better with out the glare from the top, perhaps we don't need as much.

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Posted by ARATHI SADANAND April 3, 09 12:59 PM

beautiful pics.
these show how world cares about environment. more needs to be done to save energy
thanks for sharing!

Posted by bhanu kishore April 3, 09 01:23 PM


Posted by FEGGARENIA April 3, 09 01:29 PM

That's awesome!!

just a little information, that once in every year, in one of island in Indonesia, called Bali Island, Majority people in Bali are Hindu. And they do switch off the power in 24 hour. it becomes their tradition in celebrate their religion's great day called Nyepi which people in Bali have to turn off the power. There's no lights and sounds, Bali on that day become a dark city, even the airport have to close on that day.
You might come to Bali-Indonesia to feel and celebrate Nyepi....

Posted by Maria April 3, 09 01:31 PM

I don't know whether or not I'm crazy...but I liked the dark side best....

Posted by greece April 3, 09 01:59 PM

This should be considered as the begining, 'the foundation stone' and not the final destination. Consiousness among people can only save our next generation from disaster. We should live like "human" and not "human in disguise". Not only power but everything we use in our daily life should be replaced with natural substitute, from food to living.

Now its time to think before we act.

Posted by Kulamani April 3, 09 02:00 PM

seriously, comment 1429? did you really just bring satan into the discussion? get real. earth hour is a symbol. it represents the fact that we need to do more to save our earth. no, one hour of no lights doesn't mean our world is perfect now, but it simply goes to show that people across the world ARE willing to get together and make an effort to save this planet, and that is such an incredible thought. we need more of that.

Posted by kierstin April 3, 09 02:03 PM

It is reallly amazing. We will have to definitely take steps to conserve power and save our planet. The beautiful planet given to us should be passed on to the next generation with care and not be eroded. Let us preserve the greenery of our palnet to live the life to the fullest.

Posted by Ramkumar April 3, 09 02:12 PM

wots the point of earth HOUR?
just one hour? one day? once in a life time?
do u ppl think bout how many light u use for ur bussines??
we shud do more than HOUR!!

Posted by dree April 3, 09 02:13 PM

LIKE THAT.....!!!!!!!!

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Posted by EUGENE BOURA April 3, 09 02:52 PM

very nice pic,and i think we should do this often to save mother nature,
i think it should be done once a month,have u imagine how much we can save doing that,and also mother nature.....

Posted by ladu April 3, 09 03:01 PM

Truley amazing, however not required in INdia.
We hardly have any

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Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 03:12 PM

Great...Good Job...

Posted by kiran April 3, 09 03:18 PM

this is really awesome, we must save our planet!! and we should turn off the lights at least each 6 months....
Antonio Aviles from Mexico

Posted by Antonio April 3, 09 03:18 PM

Poeple shuod use clohts les ofen

Posted by giransof April 3, 09 03:25 PM

ya, very nice one specially for architects, this can present the importance and the effect of lighting.

Posted by mohammad dwaikat April 3, 09 03:44 PM

Let's try no lights for a couple of hours every Monday evening. Perhaps we could then extend it to another evening.

Mary B Roma

Posted by mary olmsted April 3, 09 03:49 PM

in the 12th picture you can really see how beautiful the sky looks without the lights on but too bad we can't observe this beauty every night.

Posted by Abi K April 3, 09 03:55 PM


I just hope the airplane (lights seen in the top middle of the Toronto one) didn't hit that tower !

Posted by Mae West April 3, 09 04:08 PM

Nice pictures - stupid idea.

Posted by Hambone April 3, 09 04:22 PM

this definatley should become comon practice of us we could conserve so much ,bye just doing this on a monthly /weekly/daily....practice thank u for orginizing this i will definatly partake in the next one

Posted by george holmes April 3, 09 04:26 PM

I think this is marvellous. Why can't we get all the people on earth to show as good a response to have peace in the world.

Posted by Dorothy Caverly April 3, 09 04:51 PM

fantastic,,,,,,,,,,,,fantastic,,,,,,,,and fantastic

Posted by dimitrios April 3, 09 05:33 PM


Posted by PAULO GARCIA April 3, 09 06:14 PM

Let's do it every day.

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 07:30 PM

Why do we even need to use the unnecessary lights more than 2-3 days a week? forget about hours - real awareness would be to do this regularly at least on the weekdays...

Posted by searchwithin April 3, 09 07:41 PM

O kathe trellos me tin trellara tou, kai oi prasinoi protoi.
From now on, in order to save energy, no more showers for me hahaha

Posted by Yiannis Ioannou April 3, 09 08:19 PM

wow, it's very...very amazing moment.
we're can see how's beautiful the earth without lighting or electricity event just for 60 minutes.
Let's save our earth by saving the electricity not for 60 minutes only...but make it as our daily life habits.
Really great idea.
Let's make continous this moment for the future.

Posted by eka kusumawati April 3, 09 08:27 PM

very impressive!
and the cause, of course, when many hands, minds and hearts can accomplish a dream, even little, but so beautiful

to the great challenge! Lets go!!!

Posted by Michèle Sato April 3, 09 08:40 PM

You have to include India which with huge population, cant be ignored.

Posted by H.K.Sharan April 3, 09 08:48 PM

Well, from an artistic standpoint, I liked the way the buildings changed in form between lighted and unlighted. I know that wasn't the point, but I'm very visual.

Posted by roz April 3, 09 08:49 PM

it is fun to click on the pics!

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 08:56 PM

the one who posted a comment on 1375.... YOU LEAVE US ALONE!!! it is people like you who will make this world a better place if you're gone!!! Light up your whole house for all we care!!! But don't tell us what to believe and what to do!!! You are the moron who doesn't know anything!!!

Posted by Mervyn N. Añover April 3, 09 09:16 PM

amazing and spectacular it shold be done more often to help the earth even more:)

Posted by michelle boyd April 3, 09 09:31 PM

If we built a few hundred nuclear powerplants around the world--these silly excercises would not be necessary. Instead of turning our lights off, we could actually turn ALL our lights ON for an hour in celebration of our abundant, inexpensive and VERY GREEN nuclear energy souce. Let's get it done people!

Posted by Steven Hassan April 3, 09 09:37 PM

HAMBONE SUCKS!!!! a joined effort for bettering our planet is always a good idea jerk. I think this is amazing.... Simpy amazing.

Posted by Moni April 3, 09 10:08 PM

great idea, i LOVE it!
keep it goin :o)

Posted by jme cook April 3, 09 10:20 PM


Posted by Nate April 3, 09 11:01 PM

this activity should happen once in a month

Posted by varun suma April 3, 09 11:03 PM

that was awsome i could so not believe it

Posted by wierdo April 3, 09 11:09 PM

simply marvellous

Posted by Ganapathy m April 3, 09 11:27 PM

It's so beautiful
Thanks for sharing with us..........

Posted by Harshal Dekate April 3, 09 11:28 PM

WOW!! that is AMAZING!! i cant believe my eyes! it was an enormas success!! i thank everyone for participating. that is great!

Posted by Cory April 3, 09 11:55 PM

We should all turn the lights and computers off at a reasonable time each evening to save energy.

Posted by JR April 4, 09 12:15 AM

A joined effort for bettering our planet is always a good idea jerk. I think this is amazing.... Simpy amazing. Also this activity should happen once in a week.

Posted by Jignesh D. Mehta April 4, 09 12:30 AM

Really superb snaps......

Posted by UMAPATHIKATHIRAVAN April 4, 09 12:39 AM

It is amazing,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I just cant believe it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, hope----all people on this earth join hands to do this , , , i would like this to be made known even to people in remote areas,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, more of publicity when this has to be done...... so that we save energy, , , , ,and we stay united atleast for one cause....................... May this be even more successful in future,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by Subida Sukumaran April 4, 09 12:41 AM

GOOSH, lets do it again! :)

Posted by jean April 4, 09 01:05 AM

It is reallly amazing. We will have to definitely take steps to conserve power and save our planet. The beautiful planet given to us should be passed on to the next generation with care and not be eroded. Let us preserve the greenery of our palnet to live the life to the fullest.

Posted by Mangesh Varade April 4, 09 01:12 AM

so good!~come on every body!!

Posted by carol April 4, 09 01:41 AM

Now to figure out a way to stop the global warming on Mars.

Posted by Brad April 4, 09 01:49 AM


Posted by Kaskuser April 4, 09 01:53 AM

It's amazing.... Awesome pictures.....
I love it.... May I download it??
Can Indonesia do the same action like the pictures??
I think, it's so difficult....
I hope Indonesian people can do it together....

Posted by the man whom people love so much.. April 4, 09 02:34 AM

It is indeed heartening to note that almost all nations have voted to keep discipline to save our planet by switching off lights during the time captioned Earth Hour. Thanks Australia for showing the right direction to which United Nations must have taken note of. We in Singapore have also whole-heartedly participated to observe Earth Hour. There is,however, no mention of excellent efforts of Singaporeans?

Posted by Chaman Sharma April 4, 09 02:46 AM

One of the comments above mentions: One hour is better than nothing.
The "something is better than nothing" factor is not always true.
Nothing is better than nonsense.
How much was benefited (and how much was interrupted) from this symbolic gesture? Symbolic gestures are just that: GESTURES. Not real action.
How many people shut their computers off at night? Pull the plugs on each and every LED clock at home (including microwaves, ovens etc.,.)? Does the time when we turn lights off at night at homes count anymore?
Energy conservation is good, but such gestures don't amoun to reality!

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Posted by CD April 4, 09 03:33 AM

Wow!! What a beauty

Posted by Nilakshi Chatterji April 4, 09 03:46 AM

hi dis s sriram just now i saw the photos the photos r really superb and very nice to see so if its possible pls send me a pictures to my mail


Posted by sriram.M April 4, 09 03:48 AM

marvellous!amazing pictures!

Posted by voula April 4, 09 03:48 AM

Really amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can any one add INDIA in this???

Posted by Sanket April 4, 09 03:52 AM

Brilliant (or not)

Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 03:54 AM

vikrant wadhwa

Posted by vikrant wadhwa April 4, 09 04:12 AM

Marvellous.......... Effort apprecaited...............and Do Wish this is going to be c.....o.........n.............t.....................i............................n

Posted by Footman Tan April 4, 09 04:30 AM

"Evil effects of global warming" Dude, get a clue. The earth has warmed and cooled for BILLIONS of years. Even when mankind has been eliminated it will continue to do so.

Posted by GenusLoki April 4, 09 04:30 AM

fabulous...great pictures for an honour will...

Posted by Lora April 4, 09 04:36 AM

amazing pictures

Posted by satyendra chauhan April 4, 09 04:40 AM

This is really great nd amazng

Posted by arthy April 4, 09 04:41 AM

That's a great Idea, but sure, please do like monthly or any else rutine time so that we are really want to save our world .

Posted by veny_Indonesia April 4, 09 04:41 AM

There should also be an "AIR HOUR" to lessen the pollution here in our Mother Earth. We must stop breathing for one hour only. =')

Posted by Philipousis April 4, 09 04:58 AM


Posted by tria April 4, 09 05:56 AM

What to say? Just speechless.Simply amazing.

Posted by Praful Kulkarni. April 4, 09 06:05 AM

Not so amaining. If you are more carefull you will see that only large buildings turned off their lights. The households around them did NOTHING at all.

check the pictures carefully

Posted by G.S. April 4, 09 06:05 AM

sangat menarik dan bagus sekali, karya yang mengagumkan.

Posted by lina April 4, 09 06:33 AM

earth is not the forest of buildings....
buut all these are treasures of earth for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Smita April 4, 09 07:12 AM

Its amazing! I think if it is followed seriously every month, Earth Hour itself will save us lot of energy!

Posted by Poonam April 4, 09 07:51 AM

awesome picture..!! I wonder how to make it can be animated..

Posted by asthenia April 4, 09 08:34 AM

Very nice to see....Every one should have the spirit in participation..

Posted by Shreelavaniya,TNAU,India April 4, 09 08:48 AM

check this one out..

a video about "Silence Day" or Nyepi Day in local language, when the people shut down their electricity for 1 day full on March..

could be related to earth hour?

Posted by Yana April 4, 09 09:29 AM

Very cool

Posted by John G April 4, 09 09:32 AM

Here in Ontario the automotive industry uses electricity to liquify old cars to recycle the steel. Here is a car, here comes the zap, there you have liquid steel, one after the other, day after day. year after year, over and over, so you and I can have "new" models to replace the "old" (sic) models that are only old because they have been designed that way, because any car older than 3 years has so depreciated in book-value it does not make sense to INSURE it anymore.

The above story contains three sad facts far more urgently in need of mass popular action than turning off a few lights.

Posted by mrG April 4, 09 10:07 AM

Just Great
Its we the people cause all the Global Warming
Its in our hands only to rectify it
Wish each & every individual is aware and do thier small contribution

Posted by Guru April 4, 09 10:11 AM

Beautiful pictures !

Posted by vilas pardhe April 4, 09 10:46 AM

moments of wonder.. what a beautiful world...
love and peace

Posted by farmor April 4, 09 10:53 AM

Moments of Wonder.. what a beautiful World..... love and peace

Posted by Niaz Ahmad April 4, 09 11:12 AM

it was an amazing!!

Posted by nieda April 4, 09 11:18 AM

excelentes fotos!!
ojala la unidad permanezca y continuemos con la solidaridad.

Posted by Verónica García ............. Mexico April 4, 09 11:21 AM

wow, i really love Jakarta at the dark side lol, i like ericsson monument too, when dark it likes the globe is dissapear hahahaa

Posted by Arman April 4, 09 12:01 PM

Execellent have no extra for what have seen

Posted by RAJIV AGARWAL April 4, 09 12:05 PM

man.. i think its like a step to conserving power. this way, people would realize 'wow!we actually could live without wasting all that electricity!' well, that's the ideal i suppose

Posted by Kenan April 4, 09 12:12 PM

it was an amazing!! wonderful,great job,

Posted by bhayani pankaj April 4, 09 12:25 PM

Meta pu ida tis photos katalava posi energia pai tzampa gia "esthitikus" logus.Makari na to kaname pio sihna.

Posted by nhstamos April 4, 09 01:01 PM

I did hear about it and I must say I am impressed to see so many observe such a fine cause. I wish there would be more conscientious observation. VERY HUMBLING! THANK YOU WORLD!

Posted by Bevely and GENE FOX April 4, 09 01:02 PM

para polu wraia bravo

Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 01:09 PM

WOW. The click effects were amazing, it was like holding the ON/OFF switch to all the world famous places!! thank you!

Posted by Tanu April 4, 09 01:13 PM


Posted by martin rondeau April 4, 09 01:40 PM

very good!!!!!!

Posted by dr june April 4, 09 01:45 PM

Global warming is a hoax started by those with their own agenda. Hpw egotistical and arrpgant to think that we insignificant human beings could affect the temperature of this great and wonderful world. Even these wonderful pictures showed the magnificence of our world. I do appreciate getting to see them.

Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 01:54 PM

Ii is not enouth only ONE hour.The fotos are wonderful.

Posted by Giannis Kakoudakis April 4, 09 01:54 PM

Ii is not enouth only ONE hour.The fotos are wonderful.

Posted by Giannis Kakoudakis April 4, 09 01:55 PM

If we do it more often, maybe we can see the stars again ...

Posted by Vania April 4, 09 02:00 PM

We participated this year on Ardmore Avenue in Lindsay Ontario Canada.
From the many accounts which I have read of the global event and the good feelings felt and generated globally, why do we as individuals and corporations not put this into practice all of the time.
I know that I am constantly turning off lights, lowering the heat, both at home and at the office, in order to save energy.
We need to campaing for Earth Hour, not only once a year, but once a monthly, once a weekly, once a day and eventually everyone should become involved.

Posted by Edson L Johnson April 4, 09 02:04 PM

GREAT IDEA!!! Now if they can come up with a great solution for POVERTY now that would really be a fantastic IDEA!!!

Posted by P.Q. from Sudbury Ontario Canada April 4, 09 02:17 PM

Earth Hour is major bullsh*t embraced by Governments around the world to be seen as 'good guys'. How much real energy was saved and how could power stations stop dead for an hour and quit using fuel? They can not and could not. They were chugging away in the background, beyond the hills. This was another example of engineered claptrap, not unlike State Govts.working hand in glove with newspaper companies amusing the mugs with 'bridge runs' and other artificial, feel-good proven devices to fool the dunces. We certainly deserve the thugs and looters and perjurers and crooked public servants who run our governments while giving us the finger. Les Johns. Queensland.

Posted by Les Johns April 4, 09 02:46 PM

Congratulations for a great idea and badly needed action around the world!
I and my family joined in the observance for 1.5 hours. We enjoyed it as we are aware of its importance. More than the energy saved it is the impact on our consciousness awareness raising.
I would to join the organizers and get suppor to launch a more aggressive campaign next year, including governments, industry, commercial areas, and so forth...

Posted by Jorge Betancourt April 4, 09 04:05 PM

one hour? -> ridiculous!

Posted by world conscience April 4, 09 04:07 PM

wowww,very nice

Posted by parisa from iran April 4, 09 04:13 PM

We should do it monthly
It makes one mindful of saving some power in daily life too
The exercise might also have some uniting effect on nations

Posted by lmh April 4, 09 04:32 PM

Amazing but not enought! Let' try again friends of the earth from all over the world!

Posted by Valia and Valeria from Glyfada Greece April 4, 09 04:34 PM

Se siente tremendo comfort al ver como el ser humano responde a la esencia de la vida y da paso a lo que realmente es la naturaleza y su convivencia. Fui parte de este esfuerzo al correr la voz en mi trabajo sobre el acontecimiento y al ver resultados me siento UN GRAN SER HUMANO al ayudar a nuestro planeta a sobrevivir. FELICIDADES A TODOS EN EL PLANETA!!!

Posted by Amado G. Mercado April 4, 09 04:35 PM


Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 04:55 PM

let's try again and again. It really worths.

Posted by Nikos Perperis April 4, 09 05:24 PM

Dear Les
Why dont you run for President when Australia becomes a republic. Then you could learn about a national grid

Posted by John Brimblecombe, Auckland , NZ April 4, 09 05:51 PM

This was a spectacular display of our ability to work together towards a goal. I'm just sorry that we in the United States, and LA in particular, didn't come up to par with so many other countries.

Posted by C J Willis April 4, 09 06:49 PM

Wonderful cooperation for better future
Why not do it more, let say once every month
It will open the eyes of many peoples about the beauty of saving energy for better environment... I love it

Posted by Sahabat Satu April 4, 09 07:46 PM

It should be a weekly event, then we would start to see some continuing benefit. Burning fossil fuel to waste electricity by lighting up architecture only speeds up global warming & extreme weather events. Get with the force. Switch off. Let's all see the night sky and its hidden natural beauty.

Posted by AstroTasmania April 4, 09 07:53 PM

Nice moment.. the easiest thing to do but worth a lot for our -God given- lovely planet earth..

Posted by Arip Ihsan Harahap April 4, 09 09:04 PM

Amazing what mutual awearness can do. This shouldddddddddddd be done monthly.

Posted by Rachana Antala April 4, 09 09:35 PM

That is soo cool!

Posted by alexis April 4, 09 10:07 PM

that's a great change...
why don't do this once every month??
save the world now.

Posted by bumble bee April 4, 09 10:48 PM

Amazing campaign,,,amazing animation pic...hopefully,it not enough as a campaign moment,but will be continue to massive movement for energy saving..-cinta bumi-

Posted by mahendrata April 4, 09 11:18 PM

wow I must of said that 17 times how wonderful things could be if we all worked as a team what a wonderful world this could be Maybe this is a great start to that wonderful world Let's become that team go team World!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dis

Posted by Diane C Hagan April 4, 09 11:37 PM

Some cities actually look better without all the lights on!!!

Posted by Jo April 5, 09 12:39 AM

This Earth hour must be made at least every month
not only Earth Hours by closing Lights.....can do many thing
on Sound, pollution etc

Posted by Syed jaber Ahmed April 5, 09 12:44 AM

proud being indonesian...

Posted by jawane April 5, 09 01:39 AM

all the structures and buildings without the artificial (electeic lighting) look charming. The lighting looks like a plastic surgery to their appearence. The trend which we have started to light up everything wthout any need or cause have taken away the natural beauty. Minimum lighting is acceptable, but there is no need to turn every nook and corner of the eath into Las Vegas lighting. I completely support this effort and pledge to save as much energy and resources possible.

Posted by PRANJALI April 5, 09 01:51 AM

WOW it is very amazing......I really want to travel around the world, WONDERFUL

Posted by rumenia rukasah April 5, 09 01:59 AM

wow....that very very COOL!! ^^

Posted by Cindy April 5, 09 02:41 AM

I love the whole world
It's such a brilliant place
Boom de yada, boom de yada

March 27th, 2010, flick your lights off for Earth Hour 2010.

Posted by Farras Octara April 5, 09 02:46 AM

Execllent. Can it be turned to be a regular practice? Atleast once in a month?

Posted by M. Hafizur Rahman Khan April 5, 09 03:42 AM

Great!!! I wish we do this more often than once a year! Let;s do it!!!

Posted by Anastasia April 5, 09 04:48 AM

It looks grate but I see the ones who contribute the most to the environmental problems (national and local authorities, big companies) turn off the lights for an hour and show off about that. Are we really "buying" this? Does anybody think that they really care??

Posted by Katerina Mavrantonaki April 5, 09 05:13 AM

Wow!! Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Siva April 5, 09 06:05 AM

para polu kalo. euxomai na sunevene pio taktika.

Posted by leonidas April 5, 09 07:09 AM

Commendable! A beginning towards change.

Posted by Vandana April 5, 09 08:07 AM

This activity should be continued.....

Posted by Rajesh Rathod April 5, 09 08:10 AM

i was really enjoy those peaceful view !!!!
let's do it step by step
we can safe our earth 2gether

Posted by joey April 5, 09 08:16 AM

How awesome was earth hour this year! The pictures were amazing! If we could manage to reach every country, think of the difference it could make to our world.... Congratulations to all of us, let's hope and pray that next year will be bigger and better!
Maybe we could do it twice a year, and runit in conjunction with daylight savings changeovers, a good way to jog our memories in two ways.....

Posted by Jan Johnson,NSW, Australia April 5, 09 08:22 AM

thats so cool

Posted by hanna April 5, 09 08:26 AM

superb move. we hope every citizen of a country follows it

Posted by thillai April 5, 09 08:27 AM

superb superb i have never visited abroad countries by this photos tremendous fabulous enjoyed alot as iam in that country.

Posted by venu madhav April 5, 09 08:33 AM

It's so wonderful. Every body should follow the Earth hour & make things nice in Future

Posted by thiru April 5, 09 08:57 AM

very cool to save the earth we need to save the power

Posted by sanjay muttepawar April 5, 09 09:20 AM

Needed to be done more often.

Posted by rgait April 5, 09 10:56 AM

we hope hold world will follow to save the earth...

Posted by altchen April 5, 09 11:20 AM

Now, we just need the cars to stop house gases cannot be controlled through lighting restrictions. Nonetheless, a beautiful image of what a cooperative, single global vision can produce!

Posted by Keely April 5, 09 11:36 AM

It is wonderful and novel but can we do this once a month. Also educate mankind that wha we are destroying thru global warming is not Earth but our Abode...thus destroying ourselves!

Posted by Gayatri Das April 5, 09 11:48 AM

There should be a designated EARTH DAY every week! Not just once a year. Just think how much energy could be saved in 1 year. It's time for ALL Governments to band together before it's too late. Let's cut through the red tape and just do it. This can not be done without world co-operation. The alternative is to run out of energy. The choice is yours.

Posted by T. Chambers April 5, 09 12:02 PM

Unbelievable....wonder how many places in India observed this.

Posted by Tara Christopher April 5, 09 12:03 PM

Amazing how people can get influenced by the media today. Nevertheless it was a great expiriment to see how many people turned of their lights because they thought that they where doing something for the planet earth. Wake up guys it was just an expiriment on the influence that media can have on you.

Posted by Petros Polychronis April 5, 09 12:03 PM

Type your comment here..
An historical , magical event ...that has reach the most remoted and advance places on Earth ...a humane action of healing for our mother land. BRAVO ! Big applause from New York City ...

Posted by Yvonne Chin April 5, 09 12:15 PM

"Awsome" What a "Beautiful" world we live in.

Posted by Carol Barcelos April 5, 09 12:59 PM

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Let' s try again!! I

Posted by Domna Anastasiadou April 5, 09 01:05 PM

Wonderful photos-I know we can do even better next year and reach more people and businesses. Many Takoma Park city councilors in Maryland, USA, had not even heard of this event! We need more advertisements for this event. Throughout the year we could save huge amounts of energy just by replacing all our light bulbs with low watt, energy light bulbs. We could save so much energy by just this simple act alone, that new power stations need not be built! Think about that, we could even go further and then close power stations. It can be done, all we need is the will of the people and their governments.

Posted by Janis Totham-Davies April 5, 09 01:11 PM

great job.

Posted by rr April 5, 09 01:12 PM

Let's go to the futur... The present is a loan of our kids.

Posted by gloomy April 5, 09 01:28 PM

mind boggling pics !! The message is loud and clear - Save energy.

Posted by kartik April 5, 09 01:42 PM

All right. Lovely symbolic gesture. Rather easy though, wasn't it. What are we going to do about it long term? Why only for an hour?

Posted by Anna Stamatiou April 5, 09 01:42 PM


Posted by TUSHAR KANTI GUHA April 5, 09 01:45 PM

Why do we need a Earth Hour evey year?
Why not a monthly Earth Hour or Daily.
After shud not be impossible

Posted by Vibbs April 5, 09 02:11 PM

worked a lightening speed! Got me light headed! Heading in the "light direction"!
Lit up my life! light it or not!

Posted by malvika bhasin April 5, 09 02:22 PM

could some body think of LOVE AND HUMANITY HOUR too.Anyway it was wonderful to see mother earth being taken care of in some way .

Posted by Said Rasool PESHAWAR PAKISTAN April 5, 09 02:23 PM

cool,, really appreciate the effort of the person who made this photos,, also i want to say thank you for all the people who supported the earth hour, though as what is being commented, only large buildings turned off their lights, its already a great help to save the earth.. how i wish there is another earth hour where everybody will join not only the big lanmarks.. earth is our home let's not destroy it, indeed, let's try to save.. Mr. President, can you make a law that at least twice in a month, the big buildings and landmarks should turn their lights off? if only that would be possible.. thank you

Posted by bay April 5, 09 02:25 PM

I hour a year is not enough. This should be done monthly to say the least. Why do all those lights need to be on all night long anyway? I am so glad that I live in a place where I can see the stars at night. Great pictures and lets increase earth hour to a monthly event.

Posted by Denise Russell April 5, 09 04:09 PM

ohh is very good!!! but can anybudy add LEBANON ?? Lima is so bautiful!!!

Posted by Kalin April 5, 09 05:00 PM


Posted by gerasimos April 5, 09 05:42 PM

we should do this every day!!!

Posted by zoi April 5, 09 05:57 PM

These pictures are incredible, but only one hour (or thereabouts) per year?? Not sufficient to make a difference but what it does show is that if the will is there, by individuals around the globe, a lot of energy can be saved and we can each be part of the healing of mother earth. Each night all the lights that are not needed, especially those who are lit for aesthetic purposes, should be turned off by every one, including big corporations lighting their corporate buildings.

Posted by Butterfly April 5, 09 06:40 PM

WOW, thats all I can say

Posted by Vicki April 5, 09 06:59 PM


Posted by LEONY GOLDENBERG April 5, 09 07:13 PM

We must first learn to love each other and remove all forms of hate.
Before we heal Gaea we need to heal the rift between us, without love & compassion, the world will wither & die.
Racism, Religious Zealots, Rapists, Murders, Despotic Corporations that care more for profit then for the world, Laws, to name a few.
We have so little free will left, the government has dictated everything to us, freedom of speech is a lie, and as long as it does not challenge the status quo then it will exist.
Unfortunately, many people are sheep; blinded by the illusion that the few created, and they think this reality is the only possible one.
We need to wake up and see that the world out there is ours not theirs and we should be able to decide for ourselves what is right and wrong, morality and judgement. These should not rest in the hands of lawyers and politians for it is a power that all should share, for they do not have our best interests in mind.
Though Earth Hour works in principal, we need to work on the underlying issues rather then putting a bandaid on a wound.

Posted by Loki April 5, 09 07:32 PM


Posted by Anonymous April 5, 09 07:58 PM

human beans, conscience eroded by consumerism, slaves to electricity

Posted by Greg Lever April 5, 09 08:09 PM

Great!!!! Let's safe our earth, safe our climate safe our nature and safe our lives...

Posted by M. Iwendy April 5, 09 08:25 PM
1611. ......

Posted by Bayu April 5, 09 08:50 PM

Toronto's effort was pathetic!

Posted by J. Mitchell April 5, 09 08:59 PM

Glad Jakarta is one of them.

Posted by Laksmi April 5, 09 09:51 PM

No wondering at all....everyday in Indonesia, we get shut down electricity at least 3-5 hours a day. So...Indonesia support Earth Hours everyday.

Posted by Mas Ganteng April 5, 09 09:51 PM

Nice pictures, we can see the stars clearly without the light "pollution".

About the how one-hour-only could be save our energy, yes it seems ridiculous. But, we should more concern about the matter behind, the global warming I mean. So we can have the spirit of energy saving in our daily life. We're in Bogor (Indonesia) turned off the light also.

Posted by nonadita April 5, 09 09:51 PM

Lindo, Me da un placer enorme que mi ciudad Lima haya colaborado en este gran suceso

Veru nice, It's an enormus pleasura that my city Lima, participate in this great success event.

Posted by Sebastian April 5, 09 10:07 PM

Wow .. it's great moment ... Why we shloudn't do this every day ?

Posted by Abdul April 5, 09 10:08 PM


Posted by Hidayah April 5, 09 10:08 PM

This is very good way to start thinking about global climate change.Whoever started thisone,he did fantastic job.CONGRATULATION.

Posted by Dinesh Patel April 5, 09 10:24 PM

great! how if this event held every month??not year..

Posted by Abdul Qohar April 5, 09 10:44 PM

The first attampt of world awareness is appriciated and it should be continue for ever to save the nature. Since long I have noticed that many kinds of birds are loosing their identity because of huge use of mobile phones.

Everybody has to be very serious to save the earth atmosphere.

Posted by Hiranya April 5, 09 10:48 PM

if this is consider the right approach for the next years, i guess enforcement approach can be done. Look at how Bali government did " kind enforcement" for Silence day every year when airport are shutdown for 24 hours, no lights, no electricity, not even people on the streets. A good initiation of Eeath Day should be a consistent improvement for the next future of our saving earth. Let's do more in our daily live. Not just one hour in ONE YEAR. Congrats for the initiator and i hope this will bring more hope next time.

Posted by jossika April 5, 09 11:24 PM

absolutely stunning to see the world do something in unison.
at some point it feels proud to be human.

Posted by bjornvhs April 5, 09 11:25 PM

this is can't stop global warming..???? i don't think so...

Posted by citra April 5, 09 11:26 PM

How if this event be our habit?Can we?Save our Earth...NOW!

Posted by Bayu April 5, 09 11:30 PM

Es increible con la gran voluntad y fortaleza humana podemos hacer alto a tanta energia, no quisiera imaginarme que maravilloso seria si hariamos otros altos, solo depende de nosotros....Lima=Peru-Miami M.E.A.

Posted by Maria Esther April 5, 09 11:31 PM

These are great pictures...... People around the world should save electricity as well water for the future of the earth and children....

Posted by Shehnaz April 5, 09 11:36 PM


Posted by Theresa April 5, 09 11:38 PM

It was just abso-fantabulous-ly AWESOME!

Posted by Aphrodite April 5, 09 11:55 PM

Saving energy do for save the earth

Posted by Tommy April 6, 09 12:02 AM

saving the earth is not one hour job, in fact, it should be continued everyday. However,at least this campaign did remind human, "the earth is dying"
It is shameful to see some restaurants and local (Singapore) business firms to encourage the customer to light up the candles everywhere. that created "dirty" smoke which didnt seem to save the earth at all.
i am wondering why human must so greedy to seize every single money opportunities whenever there is a chance to do so. shame on us.

Posted by see gin nah April 6, 09 12:04 AM

really happy to see this.. thanks for all for the support on the day.! Thumbs up to everyone.. Hope this to be done every month or quarter.

Posted by Raj April 6, 09 12:04 AM

cool n great

Posted by ted April 6, 09 12:12 AM

indah sekali...
bumi terlihat tenang....

Posted by Hidayah April 6, 09 12:12 AM

Fascinating view of our world and proves if people put their heads together they can achieve something of this magnitude .... a great initiative, if continued consciously this will go a long way in ensuring we conserve our natural resources.

Posted by Utkarsh Bhatt April 6, 09 12:13 AM

luar biasa..takjub..kapan lagi ??

Posted by aie April 6, 09 12:32 AM

Sangat mengesankan!! Bagaimana jika gerakan serupa tidak hanya dilakukan sekali kemarin... tetapi berkelanjutan... Mari selamatkan bumi kita yang tercinta!!

Posted by Nia April 6, 09 12:38 AM

amazing, but when you come to Bali, you will see such those pictures every year on "Nyepi Day" or Silence Day.

Posted by cool_ April 6, 09 12:45 AM

It's Very amezing experience very nice.......

Posted by shahaji April 6, 09 12:48 AM

Beautifull picture... For Meit shows no mather the differences, or the conspiracy, or other things that bad..theres a proof that people can still work together and do goods to this planet and humanity sake... Impressive..

Posted by Dees April 6, 09 12:48 AM

I strongly urge to have Earth Hour monthly, though I wanted it to be weekly and daily.

We can do much more daily to contribute. Earth Hour should be a monthly affair to educate everyone.

Lets mark it strong and hard!

Posted by Tom Goh CL April 6, 09 12:52 AM

kereeeennn banget...!! nice picture..!! so amazing..!!

Posted by Nanda April 6, 09 01:04 AM

If we do it more often, maybe we can see the stars again ...

Posted by hussein adam April 6, 09 01:09 AM


Posted by BUDHI HARTOYO April 6, 09 01:33 AM

Amazing! If you save each picture in the on and off positions you can make a great slide show!!
I wonder how much energy could be saved if we did this weekly or even monthly?

Posted by Judy April 6, 09 01:37 AM

wow...g8 job !!!!!!!!

Posted by Sid April 6, 09 02:13 AM

this is greaaaaat......WOW \\ ^o^//
lets do it again all ...
Why we shloudn't do this every month?
for our world
for u and me in the future
for the next generation

Posted by fany April 6, 09 02:14 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 6, 09 02:21 AM

Atleast people started realising that our future generations need somethings left out... Great effort. Hope this repeat every two months.....

Posted by Nirmal Raj April 6, 09 02:21 AM

good practice....will be more proud if every single human being contribute their part to save their living world.....thanks for those did and good luck for those didn't......

Posted by suria April 6, 09 02:24 AM

It is really good experinece fro me and good sign for the possibilities of unity among the nations and the people

Posted by Hakeem April 6, 09 02:25 AM

A small step for mankind in an efforf to safe the Earth.

Posted by Hannes van Loggerenberg April 6, 09 02:29 AM

that was great and I really enjoyed that.

Posted by Mehdi April 6, 09 02:41 AM

Excellent and effective presentation showing the response for the appeal for " Save earth from Global Warming " The awreness and participation is cathing up. However, looking for the day when the frames will be " PITCHED DARK " while viewing the " AFTER SWITCH OFF "
But good it has started and and that day is not far away when all the lights will be switched off

Posted by Pramod Kulkarni April 6, 09 02:49 AM

Hening .......nggak apa-apa juga tuh kalau lebih sering begitu. Iya kan?

Posted by Lina April 6, 09 02:53 AM

We have to try more for our planet. To solve the promblems, one day a year is not enought. We must to do more every day in our private lives. Every one of us have to do 4-5 litle changes in his/her's daily, not more. Less water , energy saving, paper saving, recycling, less fuel consumption e.t.c. We have to try for our children and for our children's children. This is a good start but we have to do more.

Posted by Aristotelis, Greece April 6, 09 02:57 AM

Stupid idea with no results. Just another trick for the emotional slaves.
None of the international companies lost a dollar from what you did and none of the managers "got the message". They don't care whether you turn off the lights or take your pants off.

Posted by Leroy April 6, 09 03:03 AM

Nice initiative

Posted by Amit Dubey April 6, 09 03:07 AM

In Indian cities and villages, we celebrate Earth hour and day ...every day :)

Posted by INDI April 6, 09 03:08 AM

Yeahhh! Right...
You live in darkness Tom Goh.
Go to your president's or Governor's or minister's house and see if they care or if they turn their lights off.
If you believe that the lamp of your exit door destroys the enviroment, you are wrong.
Just look around you the factories, the tanker vessels and the chemical nuclear / weapons. None of them will get the message. Sorry...

Posted by Nipon April 6, 09 03:10 AM

its'very amezing....

so Nice

Posted by tie April 6, 09 03:16 AM

its nice lets do it again!

Posted by maria April 6, 09 03:19 AM

cool..let's do more and more!! save our earth..yeaahh

Posted by theodora April 6, 09 03:19 AM

its'very amezing....

so Nice

Posted by tie April 6, 09 03:25 AM

i think now we have save the earth. now we are free to do everything we want on her.

Posted by Stavros April 6, 09 03:43 AM

Amazing....... But it should be done once in a week.

Posted by rinal April 6, 09 03:47 AM

Balikpapan-Indonesia not only 1-hour in a year, but 12-hours every night,
do you belive it?, lets visit Balikpapan.

Posted by Salam April 6, 09 03:51 AM

Developed nations should take on the responsibility of reducing their power and food consumption. I strongly feel frequency of this power shut down should be increased, ideally monthly or on public holidays (even better).
Lights on commercial buildings should be compulsorily switched off at odd hours (midnight onwards). Believe no transactions happen then so no need of brand building.

Together all of us canc ontribute significantly to save our Mother Earth.

Posted by Saurav Sahoo April 6, 09 04:12 AM

Lets convince a place like Dubai to be a part of it

Posted by Sonali April 6, 09 04:15 AM

Bundaran HI , Jakarta, Indonesia. Even it was an earth hour and evening but the Traffic Jam always happened in this my lovely Town :-D

Posted by maz_dandy_niy April 6, 09 04:15 AM

Just only one hour` what its impact?

Posted by Gatthan April 6, 09 04:17 AM

I'm lucky to have seen this. Awesome! We should do this every year but unfortunately there's no Malaysia in here.

Posted by Melissa April 6, 09 04:23 AM

nice... can u show earth image similarly.. :)

Posted by Samarth S April 6, 09 04:25 AM


Posted by daniel chow April 6, 09 04:27 AM

for the better future

Posted by fahmy arief April 6, 09 04:55 AM

so beautiful...............

Posted by chandru April 6, 09 04:59 AM

is is fab & am sure our planet would look even more beutiful if we practice this more often.Probably a fixed date of every month would be a great idea.And,its in our hand to create the awareness in people.
Watsay frenz? lets begin this atleast now ..

Posted by Mun April 6, 09 05:01 AM


Posted by Thanos Rebelmania April 6, 09 05:07 AM

SubuhanALLah............Can we do it everynight?

Posted by Nenny Babo April 6, 09 05:10 AM

they cheated!! it should be the whole city and not just landmarks which most of year are not iluminated anyway...

Posted by jan April 6, 09 05:40 AM

Amazing!! Nice way towards the world. I wish if we all can contribute, it would be a huge benefit.

Thanks for displaying in wonderful manner.

Posted by Purav April 6, 09 05:53 AM

It was just as the old time in Auvergne, France's center, when electicity was cut from too much snowing, all the family together with candles everywhere, and a good opportunity to explain the urgent need to save our planet to the children.
Amazing pictures to comment at school for the future generation.
Anne-Marie . Paris. France.

Posted by anne-marie chadel April 6, 09 06:06 AM

Wonderful campaign. While this can be made more frequent rather than an annual affair - why not try with other ideas - like- shut down all automobiles for one hour, No horn for ONE FULL DAY, Fasting and skip one meal every month etc. etc.
Such campaigns will surely spread awareness to save environment, reduce pullution, save food, better healh - let u start now........

Posted by ombaheti April 6, 09 06:06 AM

Fantastic and amazing a goog and simple idea to save electricity and also the world. Let's repeat the same on every national holidays and weekends. Good I love it.up guys...... Niyaz Ahmed

Posted by NIYAZ AHMED April 6, 09 06:26 AM

this should be continue....even i am thinking this should be done every month.

Posted by Ravneet Kaur April 6, 09 06:49 AM

make it a monthly affair and the Earth will be a happier place to live in.

Posted by Premanshu April 6, 09 06:56 AM

This is fantabulous…all nations joined together in this venture to make this a grand success…we should have activities like this to save our planet…

Posted by Sudeep April 6, 09 06:57 AM

great pictures... just proves that if and when people get their acts together, nothing is impossible!

Posted by rocastro April 6, 09 07:05 AM

ok..nice effort..we should do this more often..
but what about las vegas and dubai where the usage of electricity is enormous???
no pictures from those places??

Posted by Pantelis April 6, 09 07:16 AM

no word to explain ...........awesome

Posted by shrikant April 6, 09 07:24 AM

great effort.. should follow every month...
we should be also doing no gas day. not to use any vehicle for 1 hour... will save gallons of fuel...

Posted by Anand April 6, 09 07:24 AM

Its really fantastic and amazing

Posted by prakash April 6, 09 07:33 AM

A good start for mankind in an efforf to safe the Earth. :-)

Posted by Nagaraj April 6, 09 07:40 AM

amazing idea...we really showed that still we have good people on earth who thinks about humanity and cares about earth

Posted by Jyoti April 6, 09 07:54 AM

its a great idea to save power.....we must make everyone in this world to realise it and follow them

Posted by mrs.rekhananthakumar April 6, 09 08:09 AM

Gud Initiative lets make this happen very 3 months atleast

Posted by Siluvai Joseph Vivek April 6, 09 08:13 AM

John Mitchell is pathetic.. too !
I love Toronto.. !

Posted by Anonymous April 6, 09 08:15 AM

really good one
good to see that many of us are there interested in saving energy

Posted by Prachi Acharya April 6, 09 08:22 AM

wow ! good looking ,but just think how many people have no food to eat ,help them ,insted of build huge building and all

Posted by Ranjith Rajan .T April 6, 09 08:25 AM

Awesome... we should do it more often to save our earth!
Arif, 16, from Sumedang, Indonesia.

Posted by Arif F I April 6, 09 08:38 AM

this time the advertisement was less.. hope we see more in the future as everyone come to know about this EARTH HOUR....

Posted by lingu April 6, 09 08:42 AM

I wonder how much energy would be saved if these unnecessary lights were never turned on?

Posted by Brian Jones April 6, 09 08:43 AM

amazing pictures...
cooooolllllll....nice moved...let's save the earth.....for our childrens...

Posted by rae April 6, 09 08:54 AM

It was a good, concerted effort around the planet. But will it change people's habit on wastage? On the other hand will reduction in consumption of electricity prompt the supplying companies to increase their rate just like some government water suppliers have done in Canada recently?

Posted by Rahmatoola Rujeedawa April 6, 09 08:58 AM

To the comments claiming the earth hr is a sham. Earth hour is not about one hour as the difference that will make it tiny. Its about raising awareness to the fact that turning off lights can help. One hour wont make a difference at all but a lifestyle of this could potentially save a lot of energy

Posted by tea bag April 6, 09 09:00 AM

Salam dari Indonesia!!!

daripada vote buat pemilu lebih baik vote for earth!!! YEaHH!!!!!!!
It's better vote for EARTH than Politic Party Haha!! YEAHHH!!!!!!!

Posted by ketut A April 6, 09 09:01 AM

Awesome.... Keep going..... The showcasing of this compaign is really fantastic. Juz by the click of a mouse........ I visited all the compaign regions :) Thanks a lot for this initiative. Lets us all save resources like water, fuel etc (Also papers...... for eco-friednly enviornment.) Additional: Please restrict usage of plastics/polythene covers,bags etc.

Posted by Amutha April 6, 09 09:05 AM

Beatifull pictures! Amazing! Thanks a lot !

Posted by Janusz April 6, 09 09:11 AM

Great Job!!!!!!

Posted by Nilesh Jain April 6, 09 09:15 AM

No wonder we here in India are reeling under atrociously high temperatures....

Posted by Sangeeta Bhasin April 6, 09 10:13 AM

Simply Superb !!!

Posted by Ravi Kiran Thota April 6, 09 10:19 AM

Great idea ! and the picture is very nice . What about to do it regularly .........

Posted by ira April 6, 09 10:45 AM

i would love to live near thoes places because they are just so beautiful

Posted by brittany April 6, 09 11:07 AM

the only city in the world that her citizens switced on their lights after akropoli turned off hers was athens!!!!'only Greeks can do that!!
greedings from Greece

Posted by maria April 6, 09 11:19 AM

In only 1 word. """"""WONDERFUL""""""""""

Posted by Anonymous April 6, 09 11:23 AM

See we can make a all on the globe bro lets do this every month. Remind us that Moon are pretty up there

Posted by Irvan Nasution April 6, 09 11:32 AM

I think we need to do this more much of the Earth could we save..just
by practicing this on a day to day basis at home and every now and then on a large global scale....

Posted by Usha April 6, 09 12:18 PM

Thank you very much for the complimentary world tour at this special hour:
ALERT of "Energy Saving" :)
Let's PRAY for PEACE on earth as in HEAVEN at EASTERTIDE, AMEN!


Posted by Vivian Tseng (Mrs.), OTTAWA, ON, Canada April 6, 09 12:22 PM

That was really wonderful hope we can make a different and save our beautiful EARTH!! keep going....

Posted by Kevin April 6, 09 01:04 PM

It's great to see natural "SKY" during earth hour , let us be habituated to see the things as it is without articifical flavor added to it !!!

It's very different experience to be with nature at night without light !!!!

Let us preserve our nature for future generations to live their life with JOY and WORRY , isn't this an interesting idea to pursue every night ???

Posted by Naishadh Bhatt April 6, 09 01:29 PM

It looks good to turn lights off and save energy. However, if it is only for one hour I can say "big deal"! You don't save thw environement by turning of SOME of the decorative lights for one hour every year. Just a show!

Posted by Vasilis Caravitis April 6, 09 01:56 PM

Fantastic pictures!!
More often? Sounds like a great idea... but may be a nightmare for security guards & police departments??

Posted by SS April 6, 09 02:07 PM

Thank you for this amazing world tour and a reminder of how important saving energy is today.

Posted by Maureen Sturmey April 6, 09 02:39 PM

great idea to save us....our mother earth.....pls practice this everyone ....

Posted by dinesh April 6, 09 03:02 PM

Nice...but - if they are vowing to turn off all "unnecessary lights" for an hour, why not turn them off permanently? I mean come on people!!

Posted by Hilary Harris April 6, 09 03:42 PM

I did not know about it but I am doing it next year great for enviroment

Posted by mike April 6, 09 03:56 PM

Great Earth hour observed and brought us near Nature-should be done on weekly basis so as to preserve energy for future generation-Excellent workdone

Posted by Anand April 6, 09 03:57 PM

OMG, this is absolutely beautiful to see all these towns , amazing!!!! I love it!!!
We should do it more often than only once a year !!!!
Fantastic work and pictures!!!!

Posted by Anna April 6, 09 06:13 PM

I think someone should moniter the birth rates 9 months from this date. This event was probably seductive in many ways

Posted by eddy and flo April 6, 09 06:48 PM

Very beautiful PICs..n really nice to see that as human we still think about nature and planet..otherwise we have left it behind and thinking abiut technology..and technology....

I hope we will do something more in this direction !!!!

Posted by Aarti April 6, 09 07:31 PM

what a saving earth hour in 2009

Posted by bhaven April 6, 09 07:39 PM

Everything wonderful has already been said. Whatever I will say will be redundant Thanks anyway, I enjoyed it very much. BCM

Posted by Belen C. Mendoza April 6, 09 08:33 PM


Posted by vasavi April 6, 09 09:02 PM

very attractive lightings, good photos!

Posted by Y. Djaja April 6, 09 09:19 PM

pls start with the little right things to do..
like switch off the monitor EVRYDAY after ofc hours.

Posted by missie April 6, 09 09:32 PM

Amazing! Absolutely beautiful.

Posted by Diane Tarter April 6, 09 10:15 PM

Amazing experience ~~!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 6, 09 10:16 PM

the pictures are beautiful. But turn off your anger desire for one hour everyday will more beautifull than those picture....

Posted by friend April 6, 09 10:33 PM

Small Action with GREAT return. Should do it regurarly!!

Posted by oCas April 6, 09 10:45 PM

mantabssss euuyyyy....

Posted by prinseygee April 6, 09 10:59 PM

Definitely we need to keep back at least some of these beautiful things for our future generation . Please save and help others save energy¡K ƒº

Posted by Renosh April 6, 09 11:14 PM

I'm proud to be one of the Earth Hour participant. When March 28, 09 at 8.30 pm, we (me, sister, brother, sister in law) called each other to remind to turn off all lamps in our house. So coooollll..... The pictures shown are great.

Posted by Mulya April 6, 09 11:16 PM

WOW this is beautiful!. Saving energy and save the earth.

Posted by M.H April 6, 09 11:21 PM

wow!! it's a wonderfull world..... i think my best "friend" at bkk will visit my state capital, when ya? i'm waiting......

Posted by matius lie April 6, 09 11:24 PM

A good initiative. Earth Hour is to be observed often throughout the world and is to be made mandatory.

Posted by kala April 6, 09 11:40 PM

tapi kurang maksimal yach...perubahaanya gak terlalu significant..jgn2 cuma lampu kamar mandi yang dimatiin.hehehehe...semoga bisa sering2 ya kayak gini. kalau perlu bukan tiap tahun, tapi tiap bulan,tiap minggu, dan tiap hari. Asal bukan tiap jam (klw tiap jam ntr gelap gulita terus pemadamannya selama 60 menit)

Posted by Nestoriko April 7, 09 12:00 AM

I enjoy it very much!!!

Posted by Alain April 7, 09 12:02 AM

bagus banget yahh.... coba ada event kaya ini setiap tahunnya...
by : cuitzz ;) cuitzz forever ^_^

Posted by Cinta Putri Khamal April 7, 09 12:29 AM


Posted by DAVID "TATO" AVILA RAMIREZ April 7, 09 12:29 AM

Great initiative :) Cheers! should really work on this more and continue to save resources, inturn making EARHT A HEAVEN to live and enjoy, for us and our future generations
Anitha Chandrasekaran, Bangalore,India

Posted by Anitha Chandrasekaran April 7, 09 12:32 AM

bagus banget yahh.... coba ada event kaya ini setiap tahunnya...
by : cuitzz ;) cuitzz forever ^_^

Posted by Cinta Putri Khamal April 7, 09 12:32 AM

Simply PERFECT!!

Posted by Kosmas Volikas April 7, 09 12:38 AM

kidillllan padangal

Posted by radhakrishnan April 7, 09 12:52 AM

It is better if we do this once in a week or once in a half moon.

Posted by Manohar Patti April 7, 09 12:56 AM

Photographs are just amazing.. Wonderul.. Great encouragement to everyone...It is very good thought of switching off the lights but why do it once in an year and create awareness.. It should be there in people's mind every day, every minute and every second.. so everyone shd switch off lights whenever possible.. Do use it whenever necessary.. Do it regularly in our daily routine.. Just see things changing amazingly :)

Posted by Munni April 7, 09 12:58 AM


Posted by Indira April 7, 09 01:23 AM

we should have this evry year.. it should be a earth festival..

Posted by poojita April 7, 09 01:27 AM

lets do it again.. not only 1 hour in year
make our earth safety
for our better life

Posted by Eindye April 7, 09 01:30 AM


Posted by Bibin April 7, 09 01:36 AM

Let's leave the night to be night, and the day to be day. The lighting of public buildings, apart from wastefulness is also ugly and USELESS!
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Posted by Andro' (Áíäñü) April 7, 09 01:49 AM

no picture from INDIA...................

Posted by Parvez Khan April 7, 09 01:58 AM

Great collection really surprising keep on doing this type activity

Posted by Asjad Naaz April 7, 09 02:07 AM

good, but not enough.
should do it more often, do it with force, if we realy want to have some effect.
if we dont, the idea is nothing but STUPID.

Posted by go April 7, 09 02:10 AM

i think we should practice this earth hour atleast once in a week...

Posted by Taruna April 7, 09 02:23 AM

the world is dark.amazing!

Posted by mahimma romadhona April 7, 09 02:40 AM

Stunning> And even when put off, the cities stay sufficiently lit up to get around!

Posted by CAROL ANDRADE April 7, 09 02:43 AM

Thats so cool

Posted by Tony April 7, 09 02:44 AM

Save Electricity, save Power...
Inturn save our Natural Resources

Posted by Debashish Roy April 7, 09 02:46 AM

Adbhut ! Ati-sunder ! ! Advatiya ! ! !
I salute your contribution to this most precious cause. Perhaps, doing it once every quarter may preserve the serene splendour and God's greatest gift in its finest glory of our" planet beautiful" for generations beyond our grand children .
Jai Ho !

Posted by Ashok K.C. April 7, 09 03:35 AM

"Wow" ..................WONDERFUL.......................

Posted by Jyothi April 7, 09 03:49 AM

Keep Our Earth for next generation.....!!

Posted by Alan Zailany April 7, 09 03:58 AM

why dont we just shut the electrical plant down ?? i think that will be more effective doesn't it ???

Kenapa ngga matiin aja pembangkit listriknya ?? gw pikir bakal lebih efektif deh, tul ngga ???

Posted by Agus Tri Wijaya April 7, 09 04:00 AM

Lets do it regularly as its so amazing and in the same time, save energy

Posted by Hariono April 7, 09 04:09 AM

thanks for these good pictures, i liked alot. kindly subscribe me to your newsletter.


Posted by greyvasanth April 7, 09 04:23 AM

It is better to save 25% power (especially lighting) all through the year, rather than for 1 hour. is'nt it ?

Posted by Jithendra April 7, 09 04:27 AM

o'some pics.......and o'some exprience..........

Posted by ragini April 7, 09 04:49 AM

what if the whole earth switches its light off at once and not even a spark of light comes out from any where. and this photos should be taken from the satilite sincronising all the satilites around the earth.

Posted by Ramesh April 7, 09 04:53 AM

Its a great effort to save Planet Earth.Also the awareness should be spread.
All should cooperate and make the effort a success.A monthly or bi weekly
mission will be helpful.

Posted by RAJIB SENGUPTA April 7, 09 04:58 AM


Posted by Rajapandi Sen April 7, 09 05:01 AM


Posted by Tejaswini Pendharkar April 7, 09 05:18 AM

End of the day it feels great to know that we are ONE, we are TOGETHER.

Posted by Saleem April 7, 09 05:21 AM

respect the earth, respect the nature.
It means respect our self.

yOg, Semarang, Indonesia.

Posted by yog April 7, 09 05:28 AM

It's amazing, Mashallah too beautiful but we have to do more in order to proud from the whole universe peoples.

I love such a country those who are doing well for their places.

Best Regards,


Posted by Syed Abdul Haq April 7, 09 05:34 AM

the most beautifull from all was ACROPOLIS WITH PARTHENON IN ATHENS GREECE......

Posted by JAV April 7, 09 05:40 AM

Well begun is half done ! We must contribute our might in whatever manner, to make this mother earth more friendly for the comming generation !!

Posted by Gopal N. Saxena April 7, 09 06:10 AM

It is good to see that some people care about our planet! But of course we have to do more!

Posted by Maria & Aggeliki April 7, 09 06:17 AM

It's Amazing...Great Idea of saving our Earth....

Posted by Trupti April 7, 09 06:23 AM

great... so beautifull...

Posted by abe April 7, 09 06:42 AM

Simple ..But powerful!! Should do it once in a week

Posted by Vivek April 7, 09 06:58 AM

make me goosebump....nice work

Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 07:31 AM

good on you!! this is the best thing ive ever seen :) have no words..keep up the fantastic work!

Posted by d. April 7, 09 07:39 AM



Posted by ANIL B.TOLIA April 7, 09 07:39 AM

We can save the planet by one moovement.
So, let's do it!!!!

Posted by remi April 7, 09 07:49 AM

What a great idea this was Australia!

Posted by Proud Australian April 7, 09 08:19 AM

ohh what a fantastic, really great, praised for urs great pic.

Posted by prakash April 7, 09 08:30 AM

i wonder what was it look like from above during earth hour....

Posted by upham April 7, 09 08:31 AM

I really don't know why do we have to have all these lights turned on every night?? Less lights, more PLANET and LIFE

Posted by TheoSal April 7, 09 08:32 AM

its Amazing

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Posted by Rajnikant Sheth April 7, 09 09:16 AM

There should be an Earth hour every day.

Posted by Ranjeev April 7, 09 09:17 AM

Beside of all great pictures, it was a great effort to save the earth for sure...

Posted by Fransisca April 7, 09 09:25 AM

I feel prond for being a part of it.....

Posted by Goutham April 7, 09 09:43 AM

Very Very Very Beautiful pictures.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! World is reallly beautifulllllllll.........................marvellous....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Kinnari April 7, 09 10:30 AM

this makes me feel so much better about the world, it makes me beleive people are somewhat actually taking action towards this issue..

Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 10:33 AM

amazingggggggggggggggggggggggg, no wordzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 10:50 AM

Wonderful and clever effect, we need a better world really.
Let 's try for this.

Posted by Kougioumtzoglou Gregory from sunshine Greece April 7, 09 11:02 AM

The message from the once yearly effort is - every individual can turn off non-essential power ALL the time on a daily basis! If we all did it as a matter of habit, the savings in both greenhouse effect and our power bills would be enormous. Surely we don't need to wait a year to take these small steps to a better world.

Posted by brenda April 7, 09 11:28 AM

I got a lot of people in Brea, CA to contribute...i made flyers and passed them around my high school and around the neighborhood!

Posted by Arianna Lopez April 7, 09 11:49 AM

fotos increibles, tan bien para hacer conciencia de que hay que ahorrar imaginese que lograramos hacer esto mas seguido seria un gran respiro para este mundo tan contaminado, exelentes las fotos...........

Posted by Mauricio Madrigal Brenes April 7, 09 11:49 AM

let's save our earth!!

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Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 11:54 AM

That just shows how much electricity we waste.
Even after lights out we could see so many lights on which were clearly not needed.
Wish we would be more prudent in our use of electricity

Posted by Rakhee April 7, 09 11:58 AM

Its’ amazing, but that’s exactly what I call food for thought!!!!
This must be the beginning of mature and active behaviour from our generation to the next generations !! Just think what we can do, if we really aware of the planet's future.

Posted by Andriani.Greece April 7, 09 12:05 PM

I believe we could do this about once a month it was fantastic.

Posted by Byron April 7, 09 12:16 PM

Praise the Lord!!!!
Amazing Job!!!

Posted by Annie from malaysia!! April 7, 09 12:18 PM

amazing!!! keep up the good work...

Posted by Joseph April 7, 09 12:26 PM

Indonesia supporting earth Hour 2009!! lets make our earth better!

Posted by Agung April 7, 09 12:27 PM

Ñå óõ Ìçôóï, åéäåò ôé ùñáéï ðñáìá !!

Posted by kyr Pap April 7, 09 12:32 PM

Stunning pictures!! How about a WWF Award for the city with the most lights turned off? And perhaps more than once a year "Earth Hour"

Posted by Mia Hanafiah April 7, 09 12:34 PM

i hope it happens again
but not just for a year once

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Posted by Artomo April 7, 09 12:43 PM

Really amazing, it shoulhld happen again and people should realize that they can live without keeping lights on day and night

Posted by Vangelis April 7, 09 02:09 PM

great pics..
Wake up call for all of us....

Posted by Vaibhav Kumar Rusia April 7, 09 02:19 PM
Posted by Eugene April 7, 09 02:25 PM

Personally, I find turning off the lights improved many of the buildings. The acropolis, Coliseum, the cathedral, Houses of Parliament, etc weren't meant to be brightly lit at night. They lose their subtle beauty and mystery.

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Posted by MANOS April 7, 09 02:52 PM

Ths is really great initiative towards saving our earth, and resourse and we should continue with this kind of act in future as well.

Posted by Sanjay Shukla April 7, 09 03:05 PM

I feel its better we do it once a month, to save EARTH

Posted by Mahesh April 7, 09 03:28 PM

Earth Hour is great for the enviorment!!!!!

Posted by phill mc lilly April 7, 09 03:47 PM

A good start but more should be done. After all we don't need all those decorative lights. Conserving energy and protecting the planet are WAY more important.

Posted by eirini_kl April 7, 09 05:46 PM

Really amazing...................................

Posted by Mono April 7, 09 06:06 PM

Hey!!!! What about Mexico, you should include us!!! We need it and our planet too. Make promotion for this mexicans.

Posted by Erika April 7, 09 06:21 PM

Beautiful pictures. Save earth..!!

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Posted by RODOULA April 7, 09 06:45 PM

Finalement, tout est tellement plus beau sans toutes ces lumières !
Pourquoi dépenser tant d'argent pour nuire à la terre!

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Posted by Joanne Wheeler April 7, 09 07:49 PM

.... those pictures certainly give us some reasons to talk about!!

Posted by Prakash April 7, 09 07:57 PM

amazing!!!!....we need to do more!

Posted by eva tsakali April 7, 09 08:29 PM

it's very impressive. what a brilliant idea of saving energy.

Posted by kiki m. h. April 7, 09 09:52 PM

come to bali to experience no light for 24 hours on nyepi day (silent) day
the day of hindu's new year

Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 09:59 PM

Where are the Pyramids before and after shots? They participated in the Earth hour.

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Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 11:07 PM

I really like the lights being played on and off. But if we have to really save the energy, I had an experienced that I was not mable to go down and up the stairs (16th floor) once I was in Sydney (last week) for more than 5 hours. It was all black out. and I was starving and feeling cold. You just emagine living without it

Posted by teriska April 7, 09 11:16 PM

wow... it's so wonderfull
let's do it again

Posted by kani April 7, 09 11:30 PM

Excellent. Thanks Jo for sending me this link. Yes it was Awesome !

Posted by Budi April 7, 09 11:31 PM

ya nice pics

Posted by sham April 7, 09 11:44 PM

Stunning! Very much, indeed!

Posted by elsara April 7, 09 11:57 PM

ya i enjoed it very much.

Posted by Rahul Mehta April 8, 09 12:09 AM

It was amazing and great effort to save the planet. We should do these similar things more often.

Posted by Shankar V N April 8, 09 12:13 AM

amazing!!!!! i need to more..... i like all the places......

Posted by balasubramanian April 8, 09 12:22 AM

Electrical Power Company of Indonesia has already applied 'Earth Hours' in years :D
That's the reason why i didn't participate in this Earth Hour event :P.

Posted by don ricardo siregar April 8, 09 12:23 AM

gile benerrr rrruuuaaarrrr biasa, spectacular Bro!!!!!!!!!!!
boleh diulang jadi sebulan sekali dong

Posted by robby adhira April 8, 09 12:29 AM

This is not edited-photo right?

Posted by Andee April 8, 09 12:30 AM

Great! Jakarta have a picture of it........

Posted by Clericuzio April 8, 09 12:33 AM

Apik...apik... tapi ning Wates sa' ben mbengi mung nganggo oncor... ora tau di foto terus di lebo'ki internet koyo ngene yoooo ?

Posted by Samiugi Samimawon April 8, 09 12:48 AM

Why Just one Hour... it can be daily for few hrs... lt would be prudent to shift our thinking to a need based lighting than a beauty based lighting at this hour... we should put all efforts for more PLANET... Better LIFE

Posted by Raviraj April 8, 09 12:58 AM

amazing..but may be we can add the time from one hour become 24 hours like Bali island on Nyepi Day (Hindu's New Year). .very beautiful and can save our earth..

Posted by Gek Lia April 8, 09 12:59 AM

Debemos unirnos para salvar nuestra maravillosa casa, la tierra!
Ejemplares y sorprendentes fotos.

Posted by Any April 8, 09 01:02 AM

That’s really cool….!!!

Posted by Prasad Jayasudhan April 8, 09 01:06 AM

Pictures are awesome.................superb................

Posted by Fiona April 8, 09 01:09 AM

is so cool banget. Keren Abizzzzzzzzzzzz. there may be a good event like this can be made at the annual event. and can be more up to more.

Posted by Theresia April 8, 09 01:20 AM

WOW Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 8, 09 01:25 AM

Funtastic!!!! Keep it up

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Posted by delly April 8, 09 01:42 AM

Ternyata pada saat gelap pun pemandangan yang muncul menakjubkan....... nice pictures and good action too.

Posted by Ardi April 8, 09 02:06 AM

It is quiet common in Kerala. Everyday we switch off the lights for half an hour. So simply we are great nah..

Posted by Peekachu April 8, 09 02:14 AM

I would like to thank each person that took part in Earth Hour - this just goes to show that together we can make a difference - no matter our culture, backgrounds or nationality. If we could just show this same love and concern for our fellow men - our world would truly be a better place.

Thank you!!!!!

Posted by Riann April 8, 09 02:17 AM

even it is once a year , only for an hour but many ppl they dont even do this simple thing! what is the reason for lighting all these buildings in the night? personally I install solar panels in my house for night lights and i got every night my garden lighted for essential and security reasons and its GREEN and FREE!!!
This thing should be more than once a year and the money of this energy save should be given to children, homeless ppl, medicine to countries that 100s are dead cause of no med support! lets wish the best for OUR PLANET , OUR LIFE , so OUR CHILDREN live in a beter place...

Posted by Stavros Grigoriadis April 8, 09 02:19 AM

Wow, keep it up need to save energy for our future generations to learn from. Great pictures

Posted by Yogesh Rindani, Ahmedabad, India April 8, 09 02:21 AM

Wery nice, should haeve more often

Posted by M.Zedda April 8, 09 02:25 AM

wow!! This should be done twice a year!!

Posted by Purva April 8, 09 02:27 AM

good job

Posted by rany April 8, 09 02:33 AM

It was wonderful !!! we should do more to save Earth and the lives of our children !!!!

Posted by Rena Vassiliadou April 8, 09 02:38 AM

bitchen! let's do it once a month!

Posted by Los Angeles, CA April 8, 09 02:45 AM

Simply Awesome..............

Posted by Arpita April 8, 09 02:49 AM

Superb buitiful pictures We should all strive to save our Earth and contribute for this cause in whatever way we can

Posted by AKHTAR LOTIA April 8, 09 02:55 AM

Great picture and a great moment. We hope this marvelous initiative could be held every year in all over the part of the world, to save our earth from climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted by Zico Mulia April 8, 09 02:56 AM