Photos by Davoud Ghahrdar, ISNA
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Iran's capital of Tehran participated in the movement and lights were off around the city, late Saturday.
Tehran's Azadi Square
Earth Hour 2014 (source: worldwildlife.org):
On March 29, 2014, hundreds of millions of people around the world in over 7,000 cities in 150 countries turned off their lights for Earth Hour, our annual display of commitment to protect the planet.
In the United States, we made a big statement to the world on how much we care about the planet. Over 50,000 people joined the movement along with major landmarks, cities and businesses, including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building in New York, the Willis Tower in Chicago, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and the Space Needle in Seattle just to name a few.
Now that the lights are back on, you can go beyond the hour with simple changes to reduce energy consumption year-round.
Earth Hour around the World
See how people around the world celebrated Earth Hour. Keep the inspiration of Earth Hour going by uploading your Earth Hour photo or share how you celebrated Earth Hour on your favorite social media site using #EarthHour.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Mission:
Our mission is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. From our experience as the world's leading independent conservation body, we know that the well-being of people, wildlife and the environment are closely linked. That's why we take an integrated approach to our work.
We're striving to safeguard the natural world, helping people live more sustainably and take action against climate change. We spend a lot of time working with communities, with politicans and with businesses to find solutions so people and nature can thrive.
Our projects are innovative, collaborative and based on scientific evidence. And we think big. We run a number of Global initiatives focussing on the regions and challenges where we can make the biggest difference - from the Arctic and the Amazon to responsible fishing.
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