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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thousands of cities are called to the blackout of Earth Hour 2013

Thousands of cities around the world have been called the month of March to join the blackoutconvened to mark the Earth Hour, said Wednesday the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the presentation of the event in Singapore. Andy Ridley, co-founder of Earth Hour, said the initiative, which last year joined 7,000 cities in 152 countries , will take place on Saturday March 23 between 20.30 and 21.30 hours in each time zone. "The Earth Hour has always been more than just a campaign blackout lights, and now we are seeing the environmental results of our long-term work , "said Ridley, according to a WWFLast year, his joined the Earth Hour the world's major cities and the light went out on iconic landmarkslike the Eiffel Tower, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ​​the Empire State of New York, the Great Wall, the Big Ben British , the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Obelisk of Buenos Aires or the Machu Pichu in Peru. The Earth Hour is an initiative of the WWF that began in 2007 in the Australian city of Sydney to promote the fight against climate change. In addition to the blackout, the Earth Hour is also environmental initiatives as the demonstration to be held in Argentina to support a bill aimed at protecting 3.4 million hectares in the Marine Protected Area "Burwood Namuncurá-Bank". This initiative, supported by the Earth Hour Argentina andFundación Vida Silvestre Argentina , member of WWF, increase the level of protection in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Argentina 1 to 4 percent. In Libya , two volunteers have created the first local environmental group in the country after the civil war and the fall of Gaddafi. "I wanted to join in 2011, but then was not an option because my town suffered much this year with the war and others," said Mohammed Nattah, one of the Libyan entrepreneurs. Other projects that will accompany the blackout are based initiatives to combat deforestation in Uganda, Botswana and Russia or the placement of 132,141 light bulbs in the United States, equivalent to CO2 sequestration equivalent to planting 2,948 acres of trees.

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