Earth Hour 2009 came and went this past Saturday, and in the process saw worldwide participation in the form of over 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries and hundreds of millions of people across 25 time zones turning off their lights. In what is being called the world’s largest demonstration of public concern about climate change, the masses made the vote for “earth” with a simple flip of the switch.
“Earth Hour 2009 was an incredible success,” said WWF International Director General James Leape. “Earth Hour signals a real desire from people all over the world for urgent action on climate change, and a mandate for the world’s leaders to secure a new deal in Copenhagen that defines an effective global response.”“Our work continues, because over the next eight months, the leaders of the world will be deciding how they step up to meet this challenge, and we need, together, to make sure they do the right thing
So what’s next for Earth Hour? As Leape mentioned, the “votes” made during Earth Hour will be held as a symbol at the upcoming Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. It is there that official government policies will be determined to take action against global warming. In the meantime, WWF International has high hopes that this momentum will be continued through the everyday choices of the same people who participated in Earth Hour 2009.
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