Well – Earth Hour was a lot of fun, and a roaring success.
Check out the official press release for more detail, but the highlights are:
- An estimated 2 million Sydneysiders participated by switching off their lights or taking other energy saving measures;
- A 10.2% drop in energy usage across the Sydney CBD;
- A significant drop in energy usage across Western Sydney – the same amount of electricity required to power 6500 homes.
Ang and I walked through Circular Quay for the start of Earth Hour, then attended the WWF fundraiser event.
On the bus on the way to the Quay, I started noticing the difference at around World Square, with Ernst & Young having their lights off. IAG was amazingly dark.
When we got the the Quay, AXA and AMP were both in darkness. A lot of the restaurants around the Quay were also candlelit.
It was both eery and cool and exciting to be walking through the city. You really could notice the difference. I’ve heard a report of a cab driver thinking there was a city blackout…
The Earth Hour Flickr group has some great shots. The before and after of Centrepoint is great, as is the blurry one at the end. Although side-by-side they don’t look as impressive, when you overlay one after the other the difference is amazing!
What’s really cool is a lot of the businesses remained in darkness all weekend – meaning an even bigger energy saving. Integral noted the same thing in the areas where they operate.
Anyways – had a great night, and it feels wonderful to be part of the team that made it happen. I’ll remember it fondly for a long, long time methinks…