On Saturday, 23rd of March Bulgaria is celebrating Earth Hour by shutting down all electric lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm as a reminder about climate change and the need to reduce our imprint. To say i am surprised would be an understatement! Finding out that 102 Bulgarian municipalities will turn their lights off in a country where recycling is considered a new trend similar to what Gangnam Style was 6 months ago, is a pleasant surprise.
This will be the country’s sixth participation in the event. Candlelight concerts and processions will be held across Bulgaria. I heard there might even be fire acrobats!
In Sofia, lights will be shut down on official buildings across the city such as the Presidential Office, the Parliament, the building of the Central bank, and of the ministries. Buildings of significance, like the National Theater, the National Library, the Military Club, the National Gallery of Art, the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, churches, museums, hotels, and many others will be also left dark.
On Earth Hour people around the world will switch off their lights and power appliances for one hour, the action being a mainly symbolical global call to action to every individual, business and every community throughout the world to save energy and help prevent the deterioration of the global climate. All the while spending some time with friends in “peace and quiet”, and to have time to reflect on “themselves and their lives”, according to the WWF.
The idea for Earth Hour originated in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2,2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Earth Hour has become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries joining in.
Info based on this Novinite article.