Businesses and homeowners switched off the lights in Australia's largest city to draw attention to global warming. AP Photo/Paul Miller
It was the first Earth Hour , an event that organizers hope will spread throughout Australia and perhaps the world to promote awareness of global warming .
SYDNEY, Australia - Australia‘s largest city plunged itself into near-darkness for an hour on Saturday night when city officials, thousands of businesses and many more residents cut the lights for energy conservation.Hope the idea catches on. It's about time we wake up and see the stars again.
"It‘s an hour of active, thoughtful darkness, a celebration of our awakening to climate change action," said Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett, who attended a harborside function to watch the event.