April 4, 2009

Earth Hour starts at the Acropolis

Posted at 1:01 pm in Acropolis

The Acropolis in Athens was chosen as the starting point for Earth Hour – something that highlights the international significance that a building well over 2000 years old still continues to hold today.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Lights dimmed on the Acropolis for Earth Hour
Science News

Athens – Lights went out on the Acropolis for Earth Hour 2009, and hundreds of residents in the Athens neighborhood of Plaka walked around with lanterns beneath the ancient rock for an hour to highlight the threat from climate change.

Environmental group WWF, which started the global event to turn out the lights at prominent landmarks, homes and businesses, is hoping 1 billion people will take part this year to draw attention to climate change.

Nearly 50,000 residents in 400 municipalities and 1,000 businesses were estimated to participate across Greece in the global event, organizers said. The presidential palace, the parliament building and a runway at Athens’ International Airport also switched off their lights.

Aside from the ancient Acropolis, the lights were also dimmed at the temple of Posidon in Sounion as well as the Temple of Athena Lindia on the Dodecannese island of Rhodes.

Other Greek landmarks which turned off their lights for an hour included the Olympic Stadium, site of the 2004 Summer Games, as well as the Rio-Antirion bridge, the longest suspended bridge of its kind which connects the Peloponnese with mainland Greece.


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  1. Hels said,

    05.10.09 at 4:23 pm

    I was very interested in what you had to say about Joseph Duveen a couple of years ago (Dec 2004). But I hadn’t realised until recently that the Duveen Gallery at the British Museum was purpose-built for the Elgin Marbles. What did Duveen have to say on the topic, if anything?

    I have created a link to your post. Many thanks
    Art and Architecture, mainly

  2. Matthew said,

    05.23.09 at 5:10 pm

    I am not aware of exactly what Lord Duveen said about the Duveen Gallery or how much input he had on its design. He was not just a benefactor to that gallery, but also to a number of other museums & galleries within London.
    His funding of the Duveen Gallery was always overshadowed somewhat by the controversy surrounding the cleaning of the Parthenon Marbles, which took place at his direct request.
    See this page http://www.elginism.com/20050508/75/ & this page http://www.elginism.com/20070123/627/ for more information.

  3. Nicole5 said,

    10.25.09 at 11:50 am

    i always participate whenver there is an Earth Hour event. it is a good thing that the World Wildlife Fund organized an event like this.

  4. acnegirlcandy said,

    11.10.09 at 8:18 am

    Earth Hour is really a good concept on how we could spend at least a few minutes of our time in remembering mother Eearth. people should be more aware and more caring of our environment now that we have Global Warming and Climate Change.

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