Saturday, March 31, 2007

Sydney embraces 'thoughtful darkness'


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.

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"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.
Hope the idea catches on. It's about time we wake up and see the stars again.

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