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Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Empire State Building in New York, Big Ben in London, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Opera House in Sydney, and others flick the switch for Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the ferris wheel are seen after their lights went out as seen from Sydney's Luna Park for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 30, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Philippines observes Earth Hour 2019

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:22 AM

Households, business establishments, and public places switch off their lights for an hour to participate in the global event

BOY SCOUTS. Members of Boy Scouts of the Philippines join Earth Hour 2019 at Circuit Makati in Makati City on March 30, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'We hear you': Venice Grand Canal scraps 'floating lanterns' gimmick

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The Venice Grand Canal mall will no longer sell floating lanterns for its Earth Hour event, after drawing criticism

The week in photos: March 24-30, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Catholic faithful carry the image of the "Jesus of the Great Power" during a procession on Holy Week, at La Merced church in Granada, some 48 kilometres from Managua, on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

IN PHOTOS: Philippines observes Earth Hour 2018

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Many households, business establishments, and public places switch off their lights for one hour to observe the global event

PICNIC. A family picnics in front of the Quezon Memorial Shrine for the Earth Hour environmental campaign. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

World cities go dark as Earth Hour climate campaign circles globe

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:14 AM

(UPDATED) With global temperatures the highest on record, this year's theme is the impact of climate change on biodiversity and plant and animal species

SYDNEY. Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 24, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Malacañang urges Filipinos to go lights out for Earth Hour 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'For one hour this evening, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, let us all switch off our lights in our homes or in our workplaces to symbolize our commitment to saving Mother Earth,' says Malacañang

EARTH HOUR. The children of Legazpi City join the 2017 celebration of Earth Hour. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Earth Hour 2018: Lights out for world landmarks in nod to nature

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The aim of this year's Earth Hour is building support for biodiversity by focusing on forests, oceans and wildlife conservation

EARTH HOUR. In this file photo, the ferris wheel at Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Sydney on March 25, 2017. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

WWF-Philippines launches Earth Hour 2018 with campaign #Connect2Earth

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:04 PM

WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment

Children join Earth Hour celebration in Legazpi City

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Elementary pupils call on the public to save the seas and protect forests during Legazpi City s commemoration of Earth Hour 2017

EARTH HOUR. Children join Earth Hour commemoration in Legazpi on March 25, 2017. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

#EarthHour2017: Filipinos shine light on climate action

Mar 26, 2017 - 6:00 AM

The Philippines has been championing the switch off campaign since 2008 and has topped global participation records from 2009 to 2012 – earning the country the title of Earth Hour Hero Country

SWITCH OFF. Lights go off as Filipinos from across the country join the annual Earth Hour campaign.

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Mar 25, 2017 - 5:49 PM

UPDATED Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expected to take part in the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal oil and gas to drive cars and power plants

EARTH HOUR. The ferris wheel at Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Sydney on March 25, 2017. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

10 cara merayakan earth hour setiap hari

Mar 25, 2017 - 10:49 AM

PLN sempat menilai efektivitas Earth Hour masih rendah oleh sebab itu masyarakat butuh diedukasi soal penghematan listrik

Pegiat lingkungan memegang bibit tanaman saat jumpa pers Jelang Earth Hour Bandung bertajuk "Shine a Light on ClimateAction", di Bandung, Jawa Barat, Rabu, 16 Maret. Foto oleh Fahrul Jayadiputra/ANTARA

Another reason to flip the off switch: light pollution

Mar 24, 2017 - 1:57 PM

For humans circadian rhythms that regulate hormones and other bodily functions can also be thrown out of whack by too much light at night

EARTH HOUR. More than 80% of humanity lives under skies saturated with artificial light, scientists recently calculated. File photo by Aaron Logan/Wikimedia Commons

Switch off for Earth Hour 2017

Mar 16, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Mark your calendars for EarthHour2017 on March 25

Makati, Santa Rosa and San Carlos cities join WWF's ‘We Love Cities’ campaign

May 12, 2016 - 9:12 PM

Three Philippines made it to the final cut of WWF s Earth Hour City Challenge

Pedal power: PH Earth Hour shines light on climate action

Mar 20, 2016 - 1:24 AM

UPDATED The Earth Hour 2016 event in the Philippines went dark to shine light on climate action which involves individual pledges and support for the country s shift to sustainable energy

EARTH HOUR IN MANILA. A boy plays with available light from an amusement park ride during Earth Hour in Pasay City, Philippines, 19 March 2016. Mark R. Cristino/EPA

3 travellers go on trip to bring solar lights to off-grid areas

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:49 PM

A group of friends will go around 81 provinces in the Philippines to teach communities how to build their own solar lights and install units in communities without electricity

From Sydney to Paris, landmarks go dark for 10th Earth Hour

Mar 19, 2016 - 8:46 PM

UPDATED Momentum towards climate action is building in the wake of the global climate talks in Paris last year says Earth Hour s global executive director

EARTH HOUR IN MANILA. A boy plays with available light from an amusement park ride during Earth Hour in Pasay City, Philippines, 19 March 2016. Mark R. Cristino/EPA

#EarthHour 2016: Change your profile photos for climate action

Mar 19, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Facebook users can change their profile pictures and donate their social feeds to show their support for Earth Hour 2016 and climate action

‘Pedal for the Planet’ at the main Earth Hour switch-off

Mar 18, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Bikes e vehicles renewables plus other low carbon solutions are event highlights

Nothing 'virtual' about climate impact of emails, tweets

Mar 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

A parallel realm of carbon polluting activity – ranging from email exchanges to social network chatter to streaming movies on smartphones – has slipped largely unnoticed under the climate change radar

3 PH cities finalists in Earth Hour City Challenge

Mar 11, 2016 - 3:03 PM

San Carlos City in Negros Occidental Sta Rosa City in Laguna and Makati City in Metro Manila have a chance to be hailed as the global Earth Hour capital

Earth Hour 2016: Going beyond lights out

Mar 01, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Quezon Memorial Circle will switch off its lights but will be powered by bicycles to promote renewable energy

EARTH HOUR. Chi-chi, the mascot of the World Wildlife Fund, poses with WWF ambassadors and beneficiaries. Photo by Bea Orante

Search on for PH cities with best low-carbon, resiliency plans

Aug 27, 2015 - 4:06 PM

The winning city will be honored as the Earth Hour Capital of the Philippines by the Worldwide Fund for Nature and will have a chance to be named the Global Earth Hour Capital

HUBS. Cities are centers of human development but also a major source of climate-disrupting carbon emissions

Lights out as world observes Earth Hour

Mar 29, 2015 - 10:50 AM

This year s Earth Hour comes as the French capital prepares to host a crucial UN climate conference in December

LIGHTS OUT. A composite picture of the Eiffel Tower with its lights switched on (L) and off (R) for the Earth Hour 2015 in Paris, France, 28 March 2015. Etienne Laurent/EPA

PH island switches on lights during Earth Hour

Mar 29, 2015 - 1:30 AM

Sibuyan Island gets its energy from a 900 kilowatt hydro electric power plant in Cantingas River proclaimed in 2007 as the cleanest river in the country

IN PHOTOS: #EarthHour in the Philippines

Mar 29, 2015 - 12:21 AM

This year Earth Hour comes ahead of the crucial December UN meeting in Paris which is bringing together the global community in an effort to limit global warming

Manila's financial district is seen from a slum area after the lights are turned off to mark Earth Hour in Manila on March 28, 2015. Millions of people were expected to switch off their lights for Earth Hour on March 28, in a global effort to raise awareness about climate change. Since it began in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become what environmental group WWF says is the world's largest demonstration of support for action on carbon pollution. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Glow in the dark: Join Earth Hour 2015

Mar 28, 2015 - 5:25 PM

How are you observing the EarthHour? Share your photos and videos by tagging @MovePH on Twitter You can also post your EarthHour images on MovePH s Facebook page

Palace: Energy conservation goes beyond Earth Hour

Mar 28, 2015 - 3:56 PM

As the Philippine government gears up for an expected ‘power crisis ’ the Palace reminds the public that energy conservation should go beyond Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR 2013. Lights go off for an hour in observance of Earth Hour. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

Glow-in-the-dark Zumba for Earth Hour 2015

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:32 PM

Put on your neon sports attire and join the Earth Hour 2015 main event at the Quezon City Memorial Circle

LIGHTS OUT. The main event of Earth Hour Philippines 2015 will be held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday, March 28. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

Earth Hour lights-out seeks to illuminate climate plight

Mar 26, 2015 - 10:52 AM

Now in its ninth year Earth Hour s goal is not to achieve measurable electricity savings but to raise awareness of the need for sustainable energy use and this year also to demand action to halt planet harming climate change

EARTH HOUR. People light candles during Earth Hour in Cali, Colombia, 29 March 2014. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local time and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes to raise awareness of the danger of global climatic change. EPA/CHRISTIAN ESCOBAR MORA

Philippines to go dark on March 28 for Earth Hour

Mar 22, 2015 - 8:10 PM

For one hour people are encouraged to switch off for a brighter and cleaner planet

EARTH HOUR. People light candles during Earth Hour in Cali, Colombia, 29 March 2014. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local time and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes to raise awareness of the danger of global climatic change. EPA/CHRISTIAN ESCOBAR MORA

Spider-Man joins PH, world in Earth Hour 2014 switch-off

Mar 30, 2014 - 1:59 PM

Spider Man star Andrew Garfield sent a message to Filipinos thanking them for using their power for Earth Hour

ANDREW GARFIELD. 'Spider-Man' cast members were present during the switch off in Singapore. Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Lights off for Earth Hour's global crowdfunding call

Mar 29, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Earth Hour 2014 aims to raise money for local environmental projects including providing fiberglass boat technology for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

FOR CROWDFUNDING. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Director Marc Webb of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' attend the Earth Hour Kick-Off with Spider-Man, The First Super Hero Ambassador for Earth Hour. Photo by AFP

Spider-Man Andrew Garfield to send Earth Hour message to PH

Mar 27, 2014 - 8:34 PM

During Earth Hour on March 29 Filipinos who will gather at Eastwood Open Park will see a video message from Hollywood actor Andew Garfield

ANDREW GARFIELD. The 'Spider-Man' cast joins the worldwide movement

Time running out for Great Barrier Reef – scientists

Mar 06, 2014 - 1:53 PM

Report: If we don t increase our commitment to solve the burgeoning stress from local and global sources the reef will disappear

ENDANGERED WORLD WONDER. The Great Barrier Reef may find itself in the UNESCO list of endangered world heritage sites. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Earth Hour aims to give fiberglass boats to Haiyan fishermen

Feb 19, 2014 - 6:35 PM

Aside from the annual 60 minute switch off there will also be a crowd funding campaign to help fishermen get back to sea

FIBERGLASS BOAT. The grey boat in the photo is a prototype of the fiberglass Mark I model. Photo by Gregg Yan/WWF-Philippines

Spider-Man is new Earth Hour ambassador

Feb 13, 2014 - 6:10 PM

Stars Andrew Garfield Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx are also throwing their support behind the global lights off movement

World landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 24, 2013 - 9:30 AM

UPDATE Iconic landmarks and skylines were plunged into darkness on Saturday

TIME-LAPSE: Earth Hour 2013

Mar 24, 2013 - 12:45 AM

Rappler s John Javellana gives us a time lapse video of the skyline of Guadalupe in Makati City

Metro Manila's skyline before and during Earth Hour March 23, 2013. RAPPLER/John Javellana

First: Kremlin to go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 23, 2013 - 4:40 PM

The lights of the Kremlin Russia s iconic landmark will be turned off as Moscow joins millions for this year s Earth Hour

Millions to switch off for 'Earth Hour'

Mar 23, 2013 - 3:07 PM

Organisers expect hundreds of millions of people across the globe to turn off their lights for 60 minutes on Saturday night

MAKE IT YOUR OWN. This year, WWF-Philippines encourages you to be creative in how you celebrate Earth Hour

Earth Hour: Romanticizing darkness?

Mar 23, 2013 - 3:01 PM

In pushing for Earth Hour let s not reinforce the misleading notion that saving the environment involves a throwback to life before electricity

Cabiokid: Sanctuary of sustainability

Mar 23, 2013 - 12:06 PM

People are made to live totally dependent on technology and professional consumption ignorant of how to grow their own food and recycle energy sources

COLORFUL, HELPFUL, ORGANIC. Cabiokid at the Sta Rita fiesta in 2011. Photo by Angelito Gauiran Agustin from the Cabiokid Foundation Facebook page

Earth Hour a waste of time? Not for Lory Tan

Mar 23, 2013 - 9:57 AM

There are those who think Earth Hour is a waste of time WWF Philippine CEO Lory Tan answers their points

POINT FOR POINT. WWF-Philippines CEO Lory Tan responds to anti-Earth Hour sentiments. Photo by Pia Ranada

Meet the Earth Hour ambassadors

Mar 22, 2013 - 9:48 PM

Earth Hour Philippines ambassadors Mikee Marc and Rovilson are all set for Earth Hour Are you?

FACES OF EARTH HOUR. Earth Hour ambassadors Marc Nelson, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, and Rovilson Fernandez pose with Chi-Chi the Panda. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

Why are you for or against #EarthHour2013?

Mar 22, 2013 - 6:57 PM

Is it a waste of time and energy or a powerful symbol for unified efforts to protect the planet?

MAKE IT YOUR OWN. This year, WWF-Philippines encourages you to be creative in how you celebrate Earth Hour

Jessica Alba: New Earth Hour global ambassador

Mar 13, 2013 - 7:13 PM

Will you accept Jessica Alba s I Will If You Will challenge?

JESSICA ALBA DARES YOU. Will you accept her 'I Will If You Will' challenge and join Earth Hour 2013? Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

An Earth Hour to call your own

Feb 28, 2013 - 11:31 AM

Earth Hour 2013 is all about making those 60 minutes extra special for you and the world Here are 10 fun ideas

MAKE IT YOUR OWN. This year, WWF-Philippines encourages you to be creative in how you celebrate Earth Hour