Bird's Nest, Water Cube among landmarks to switch off lights for Earth Hour



Posted on 24 March 2009

Beijing, China - China's iconic Olympic Park buildings will go dark this Saturday night for Earth Hour, the lights off campaign that is calling for worldwide action on climate change.

Beijing's newest landmarks - the Bird's Nest, the Water Cube and Ling Long Tower - will have their lights switched off for one hour at 8:30 pm as part of the biggest global vote for energy saving, emission reduction and awareness of global warming.

As the countdown to Earth Hour draws closer more cities across China are signing up, with the governments of Shanghai, Baoding, Dalian, Nanjing and Shunde all throwing their support behind the lights off event.

Major landmarks to go dark include Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower - which will play host to a special Earth Hour event - the Power Valley JinJiang International Hotel in Baoding and Dalian's Xinghai Square, along with 80 skyscrapers in Nanjing.

In Beijing, the lights will be turned off at many prominent buildings including the Yintai Center, China World Hotel, and Chongwenmen New World Shopping Mall.

These Chinese cities will join over 2,800 cities from 84 countries around the world that will turn their lights off between 8.30 and 9.30pm on Saturday, March 28 to express their concern for action to curb global warming.

WWF China country representative Dermot O'Gorman described the worldwide momentum in the lead-up to Earth Hour as "spectacular", with more cities, businesses and individuals signing up every day.

"But what's truly impressive is how quickly ordinary people in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and many other cities have signed up to switch off," he said.

"These iconic cities of the 21st century are sending a message to the rest of the world that the people of China are committed to taking action on climate change now."

Chinese film star and Earth Hour ambassador Li Bing Bing is encouraging everyone to take part in Saturday's event, to 'send a strong signal that we all care about the vital issue of global climate change'.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also urging citizens worldwide to join WWF's Earth Hour to demand action on climate change.

"We need to achieve sustainable development, from which all groups of people can benefit," he said. "We must work together towards this direction."

Earth Hour Quotes:

Mr David Miller, Mayor of Toronto and chair of the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group:"The C40 Climate Leadership Group is about cities working together to drive down greenhouse gas emissions and that is why as Chair of the C40 I support Earth Hour. It's crucial that cities and the public come together to take action against climate change and Earth Hour provides a great platform to do that."

Mr. Marcelo Ebrard, Governor of Mexico City: "The government of Mexico City fully supports this Earth Hour initiative that will happen in March 2009. It is very important for all of us in the world to be informed and conscious about this problem of climate change. This is probably the biggest challenge we face in the world, and Mexico City with 9 million people, is the only city in the country with a climate change plan. We are conscious that we have to reduce energy consumption and gas emissions. Thus we strongly support this initiative."

Mr. Napoleon Navarro, Deputy Country Director of UNDP China: "The impact of climate change does not recognize political boundaries, nor does it make a distinction between the rich and the poor. We are all equally vulnerable to climate change. In combating climate change, it is crucial to work together with government, private sector and civil society organizations. Each of us as a villager on our planet Earth can make a difference if we take carbon emission reduction actions individually such as by turning off light for one hour."

For more information, please contact

Chris Chaplin Communications Officer, WWF-China
Tel: +86 10 6511 6237, cchaplin@wwfchina.org

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM to show their support for action on climate change. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people around the globe participated. In 2009, Earth Hour aims to reach out to 1 billion people in 1,000 cities.

About WWF
WWF is one of the world抯 largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF抯 mission is to stop the degradation of the earth抯 natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world抯 biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.