We are writing to inform you of an important environmental event, Earth Hour 2017, which is being supported by the Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong.
At 8.30 pm on Saturday, 25 March, an estimated one billion people around the world are putting their lights out for one hour – Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a global call to action, asking people to ‘Vote Earth’ by putting their lights out. Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007, where 2 million people and 2,100 businesses took part. For this year, the event is global, with over 5,000 cities in some nearly all the globe’s countries having already agreed to be part of Earth Hour.
All of the world’s most populated cities are taking part, 65 national capitals will be delivering Earth Hour and some of the world’s most iconic landmarks (including Big Ben, the Forbidden City, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Brandenburg Gate, CN Tower, Eiffel Tower, The Acropolis, Taipei 101, Christ the Redeemer and the Petronas Twin Towers) are all putting their lights out to support Earth Hour. Earth Hour support is even being demonstrated by those in the Antarctic, Arctic and by those then climbing Everest.
In Hong Kong, the support has been unprecedented. Earth Hour has full government backing, with all 18 District Councils taking part, as well as all government departments. All universities, as well as more than 1,500 buildings around Hong Kong, including almost all overlooking Victoria Harbour, are joining.
We very much hope that all our Members will take part in this important event.
Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong