It was almost exactly a year ago that we enthusiastically wrote about Tel Aviv’s upcoming participation in Earth Hour 2008, as the only Middle Eastern city to join the worldwide campaign. We are now pleased to announce that although Tel Aviv (and other Israeli cities) will not be formally participating in Earth Hour 2009, the trend has spread widely across the Middle East.
This year will see the participation of Amman (Jordan), Istanbul (Turkey), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Dubai (UAE), Fujairah (UAE), and Sharjah (UAE). Out of a total of 74 participating cities, 6 are from our small, humble region – not bad.
What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement that attempts to unite individuals, businesses, and governments in their support for action on climate change by having them switch off their lights and appliances for one hour. On the same day. According to the Earth Hour website, “Earth Hour aims to educate the global community about the threat of climate change and how easy it is for individuals and businesses to make small changes to the way they live and operate – small changes that will make a big difference.
The inaugural Earth Hour, which was in Sydney, Australia in 2007, brought together over two million people and two thousand businesses across the city who turned off their lights and appliances for one hour. The following year, in 2008, it reached 50 million people across 35 countries. Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach 1 billion people in 1,000 cities globally.
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