Lights off at landmarks for 'Earth Hour'
Manama, March 30, 2014
Bahrain joined the world yesterday (March 29) for the annual Earth Hour campaign, which is aiming to raise money via the Internet for local environmental projects.
The Singapore-based campaign by conservation group WWF was boosted by Hollywood star power, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx leading ceremonies at the city-state's Marina Bay district, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Comic-book hero Spider-Man is this year's "ambassador" for Earth Hour in which 150 countries are taking part, according to organisers.
The Bahrain Financial Harbour, Sheraton Hotel, Bahrain World Trade Centre, Bahrain City Centre, Kempinski Grand and Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre and Coca-Cola Bottling Company were among the landmarks around the world to dim their lights for 60 minutes during last night's event.
Australia's Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge were among the first to observe the event. An estimated 7,000 cities and towns from New Zealand to New York took part.
Hong Kong's stunning waterfront skyline was unrecognisable, with the city's tallest skyscraper, the International Commerce Centre, stripped of the vast light show usually wrapped around its 118 storeys.
Blazing neon signs advertising some of the world's largest brands were shut off.
Some of the world's natural wonders including China's Forbidden City, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and Empire Estate Building were among those who took part in the event. - TradeArabia News Service