30,000 Dutch switch off lights
Nearly 30,000 people in the Netherlands switched off the lights on Saturday evening as part of Earth Hour, according the World Wide Fund for Nature, which says participation is growing every year.
At 20:30 local time, lights went off at private homes, monuments, companies and in streets. At Amsterdam’s Rembrandtplein, an area popular for its bars and clubs, nearly all the lights went off as some 2,000 people gathered there for the event.
A record 134 countries or territories joined the global event this year, according to the WWF, which organises the event.
Many around the World switched off their floodlighting, advertising signs and other illuminations for an hour from 20:30 pm local time.
"The amount of power that's saved during that time is not really what it's about," Earth Hour co-founder and executive director Andy Ridley said in Sydney, where the movement began in 2007. "What it is meant to be about is showing what can happen when people come together."
The organizers also asked people to commit to an action, large or small, that they will carry through the year to help the planet. Ridley said Earth Hour, organized by global environment group WWF, this year would also focus on connecting people online so they could inspire each other to make commitments to help protect the environment.
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