I am glad to announce that 2943 registered Lebanese have participated in "Earth Hour" to fight Global Warming & Light Pollution. Check it out your self on the supporters map of Earth Hour, or you can alternatively have an overview on the images below for both Lebanon & neighboring countries as well as the whole globe.
Note that if one compares the number of supporters in other countries relative to the population of those country, it would be obvious that Lebanon ranks among the highest participating countries.
Turkey for example, has a total population of 75 million compared to only 4 million in Lebanon, but still Lebanon lacking only 459 participants. Turkey had 3402 participants only.
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Date & Time: Saturday, March 27,2010 @ 2030~2130 local time (T- 16 hrs Beirut time, at the time of writing).
The International Dark-Sky Association -IDA- has endorsed the 2010 Eath Hour campaign (aiming at fighting against global warming) as it helps raise the attention & fight against light pollution. Below are parts of the IDA's press release.
I am proud to raise your attention to the fact that Lebanon has 2917 (at the time of writing) registered supporters. Not that only but we're in rank 1 among neighboring countries except for Turkey. If you are participating please visit the Earth Hour website & register as a supporter (all it takes is 1 minute) at: http://www.earthhour.org/SupportersMap.aspx
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International Dark-Sky Association Endorses 2010 Earth Hour Campaign
Tucson, Arizona, USA, 17 March 2010- The International Dark-Sky Association announces its full support of the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour Campaign to raise awareness on climate change by turning off unnecessary lights in public, private and commercial areas worldwide for one hour on 27 March 2010.
The stated intent of Earth Hour is to encourage participants to consider their daily energy use and to recognize and permanently adopt actions, such as extinguishing or dimming unnecessary lights, which could lead to a long-term reduction in energy use and consumption of fossil fuel. Excess lighting is, after all, one of the most conspicuous forms of energy waste.
Originating in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour participation has grown to epic proportions in four short years. In 2008, global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the CN Tower in Toronto, San Francisco, California’s Golden Gate Bridge, and Rome’s Colosseum all stood in darkness; last year hundreds of millions of people in over 4,000 cities and 88 countries displayed their support for sustainable energy use by darkening their homes and businesses to varying degrees. 2010 is expected to be the biggest year yet.
A growing number of locations have announced their intention to use the lights off time to conduct astronomy-related activities. Numerous astronomy clubs are organizing activities, echoed by some national bodies. Malaysia’s National Planetarium will host a number of educational events and observing opportunities as part of a light pollution campaign held in conjunction with Earth Hour. The awareness raised by the Earth Hour campaign is hoped to spark participation in International Dark Sky Week, held 4-10 April.
The one-hour shut off will take place between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. local time in cities and towns around the world. IDA encourages participation in this event in any of these important ways:
1) Learn more about the Earth Hour Campaign and pledge to participate at https://www.myearthhour.org/home.
2) Evaluate your lighting needs and extinguish all unnecessary lighting in or around your property. If lights are necessary, do not turn them off.
3) Admire the change in atmosphere created by extinguishing or dimming even one light.
4) Consider ways to permanently reduce the use of non-essential lighting, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
More information on how unnecessary outdoor lighting affects wildlife, energy, and security is available on IDA’s “quick reference materials” page at http://www.darksky.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=90127&orgId=idsa.
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Don't forget to turn your lights off. Maybe you could have a Romantic dinner with some candles, or a night outside,checking the night sky.
Remember its T- 16 hrs away at 2030~2130.