Tel Aviv is the first Israeli city, and the only city in the Middle East to join Earth Hour, a new worldwide campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Lights out for Tel Aviv will happen on March 29, 2008 at 8 pm, so get your solar-powered flashlights handy.
Tel Aviv joins cities in Denmark, Australia, the Philippines, Fiji, Canada and the states.
In a statement, Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai said: “We are now at the point in time where we can no longer postpone the issue of climate change. Earth Hour is a beginning, and every city to join can help make a difference by taking responsibility to reduce emissions.”
Earth Hour is a project of the World Wildlife Fund, which is the largest independent conservation movement on the planet. Its mission is to stop climate change, and hopes through Earth Hour, people will learn about how to reduce energy.
During the first Earth Hour last March, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge lights were switched off as 2.2 million Australians embraced the idea.
More cities are expected to join in during the coming months. What about you, Jerusalem? What would happen if your lights went out? You’ve already gone green, so why not a few less lights?