Australia basks in Earth Hour's afterglow

The Australian progenitors of Earth Hour said Sunday they were thrilled their lights-off initiative was taken up by millions of householders and businesses around the world. ( dpa )

Earth Hour began its westward progress in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Saturday as lights were shut off for an hour to raise awareness that generating electricity from coal and oil is a big contributor to the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change.

It continued through Sydney, where the normally aglow Harbour Bridge and Opera House faded to black for 60 minutes, and on to Asia, Europe and North America.

The lights guttered across 14 time zones, the last to go the United States west coast where San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was to lose its illuminations.

"When people act together it's the aggregate of their actions that start to make a difference," said World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) spokesman Andy Ridley.

"Even one hour," he said, "it's so tiny, but when you add it all up together and imagine we were able to do that a lot more hours of the day, through the whole year, that's when we start breaking into really serious emission cuts."

WWF staged the first Earth Hour in Sydney last year and has managed to turn it into a global initiative with people in 35 countries agreeing to flick the switch for an hour.

Electricity generating company Energy Australia reported a drop in power consumption of 7-12 per cent in Sydney's city centre over Earth Hour - about the same as last year despite the number of signed up participants doubling.

Hollywood actor Cate Blanchett, director of the Sydney Theatre Company, described Earth Hour as a "grand gesture." Blanchett brought forward the start of Saturday's theatrical performance by 90 minutes so the audience could attend a glittering Earth Hour gala at a restaurant overlooking the harbour that was illuminated by hundreds of candles.

"It's fantastic that an idea as potent as Earth Hour came out of Sydney," the globetrotting Oscar-winner said.

Other restaurants jumped on the bandwagon too, advertising lavish Valentine's Day-style candlelit Earth Hour dinners.

The Australian government embraced the initiative with government departments turning off the lights in public buildings across the country. Earth Hour is a way in which individuals can take responsibility when it comes to climate change," Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said.

In Brisbane the famous Storey Bridge dimmed along with apartment buildings and office towers.

"Looking up at the apartments, you could see lights off and candles lit, which was really lovely to see," WWF climate change manager Kellie Caught said. "It gives us hope that people do care about the environment and climate change, and it sends a strong message to government that business and people do want action on climate change."

Personnel changes at AccessBank
Personnel changes at AccessBank
EY Azerbaijan invites small and medium sized companies to take part in ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™’ 2020-2021 competition
EY Azerbaijan invites small and medium sized companies to take part in ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™’ 2020-2021 competition
"Together we are POWER": ENGINET supports injured children in Ganja city (FOTO)
"Together we are POWER": ENGINET supports injured children in Ganja city (FOTO)
Loading Bars
Latest
FMs of Azerbaijan, Italy discuss latest situation in region
Uzbekistan reveals COVID-19 data for November 27
India ready to cooperate with Turkmenistan in supply of raw materials, finished products
French Senate's demarche laughable, shouldn't be taken seriously - Israeli expert
Greek share in Azerbaijan's total export up over 10M2020
OSCE says it has role to play in post-conflict rehabilitation in Karabakh
Automobile Exhibitors Union of Iran talks imported car pricing
Volume of loans in Azerbaijan grows
Iran's railway network to connect to Turkey through Urmia
Iran's automakers to set prices on domestic products
Share of Italy in total exports of Azerbaijan rises
Imposed restrictions further aggravate economy growth forecast in Georgia - Minister
FAO launches new system of animal identification and registration in Georgia
Britain to curb Google and Facebook with tougher competition rules
Japan's ruling party to propose big spending on green investment: draft
Turkey reports over 29,000 new coronavirus cases
813 more coronavirus cases recorded in Kazakhstan over 24 hours
Kazakhstan increases export to Greece despite COVID-19
World Bank to help Ukraine purchase COVID-19 vaccines
Sweden to reach COVID-19 peak in two weeks: forecast
Imports of fuels and lubricants up to Georgia
Trump says will leave White House if Electoral College votes for Biden
Moscow documents 77 deaths from COVID-19 in past 24 hours
WHO urges African states to strengthen readiness for COVID-19 vaccine
UK records another 17,555 coronavirus cases with 498 cases
China calls for healthy, stable military ties with U.S.
Italy reports 29,003 new coronavirus cases, 822 deaths - health ministry
Russia's Sputnik V developers call on AstraZeneca to try combining vaccines
Paris does not recognize so-called "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic" - Foreign Ministry
Recovery of oil prices has positive impact on Kazakhstan’s external balances - IHS Markit
Group of German medical experts arrives in Kyrgyzstan to fight COVID-19
Georgian NCDC Head urges people over 70 to stay at home except in necessary circumstances
Iran, Russia to cooperate on COVID-19 vaccine development
Bitcoin price down 12.7%
Armenian eco-terror in Karabakh constitute serious threat to peace and security in region - opinion
Hungary, Poland double down to try to eject rule-of-law condition from EU budget
Over 3,500 coronavirus-related deaths recorded in Moscow in October
Belavia resumes regular flights from Baku to Minsk in early December
Iran hopes Kish-Istanbul-Abadan flights to improve its trade
Kazakhstan Railways opens tender to buy welding equipment
Georgia to support businesses amid new coronavirus restrictions
WB extends deadline for implementation of agricultural project in Azerbaijan
Turkey steps up inspections as coronavirus pandemic figures climb
Cavushoglu and Stoltenberg discuss situation in Karabakh
Swedish royals test positive for COVID-19
England reveals new regional COVID tiers in fight against coronavirus
Azerbaijani gymnasts reach finals of 36th European Championship in Ukraine
Georgia continues to support its citizens amid COVID-19 pandemic
News on return of Azerbaijani soldier captured by Armenians false, relative says
Azerbaijan sends note of protest to France
Ample opportunities for investments to be created in Karabakh – minister
Azerbaijani's negotiations with UAE on renewables nearing completion
Kazakhstan, Mongolia eye signing roadmap for trade, economic co-op
Russia bans import of tomatoes from Uzbekistan’s Fergana region
36th COMCEC session opens under chairmanship of Turkish president (PHOTO)
Uzbek Ministry of Finance publishes draft law on increasing taxes on gasoline, diesel
Russian Gazprombank predicts Azerbaijan's economic recovery in 2021
iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini now at Azercell Exclusive shops!
Iran becomes self-sufficient in building oil, gas platforms
Cotton growing in Azerbaijan hits record - agriculture ministry
Italian municipalities adopt documents expressing solidarity with Azerbaijani people
Uzbekistan to grow industrial cannabis in Sardoba district
Azerbaijan detects 3,705 new COVID-19 cases, 1,609 recoveries
Turkmen Ministry of Construction opens tender for equestrian sports complex construction
Azerbaijani, Saudi FMs exchange views on current situation in Karabakh
Uzbekistan reveals data on its ICT sphere enterprises and organizations
Azerbaijan to export persimmons to Slovakia and Czech Republic
Level of religious tolerance in Azerbaijan is much higher than in France - ISESCO ex-director
Kazakhstan's exports to Switzerland decrease year-on-year
Azerbaijani medical insurance agency signs contract with tender-winning IT company
Resolution adopted by French Senate must be canceled – Azerbaijani NGO head
Volume of Turkish textile clothing supplies to Kazakh market surges
Latvian AirBaltic cancels Riga-Tbilisi-Riga flights
Reconnaissance work completed within Baiterek space complex creation in Kazakhstan
Thermal power plant modernization, other projects underway in Kazakhstan's Karaganda
Georgia imposes further restrictions to curb spread of coronavirus
Georgian carrier to launch regular cargo flights from China to Europe
Russia's Rostelecom expects to develop transit routes through Turkmenistan
Average monthly salary in Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan rises
Azerbaijani, Afghan FMs discuss latest situation in region
WB, AIIB to fund rural infrastructure development in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijani, Indonesian FMs stress importance of trilateral ceasefire statement
Austria fully supports Uzbekistan obtaining of EU’s GSP beneficiary status
Turkmenistan's Dashoguz region opens tender for installation work
France not part of Karabakh settlement, but part of problem - Turkish defense minister
Japanese companies to provide technical support for terry production in Uzbekistan
Germany's hotspot district to launch COVID-19 mass tests for children
Yield of citrus fruits in Azerbaijan up
Capital of Kazakh companies operating in Turkey revealed
Iran boosts its pistachio exports
World Economic Forum announces Azerbaijan's road quality score
Share of assets in Azerbaijani banking sector declines
Kazakhstan eyeing amending legislation to support renewable energy dev't
Georgian Hualing Free Industrial Zone plans to finalize deal with 4 new companies
Mortgage lending in Azerbaijan through state line grows manifold
Kazakhstan to launch hundreds of industrial projects before year-end
Azerbaijani ICT company wins tender on purchase of licenses
Central Bank of Azerbaijan discloses data from foreign exchange auction
Employment in Iran's West Azerbaijan Province increases
Buta Airways to Increase the Frequency of Flights Performed to Izmir
All news