Romania joins March 28 Earth Hour celebrations, as lights will go out in some of country’s iconic buildings

Romania joins March 28 Earth Hour celebrations, as lights will go out in some of country’s iconic buildings

Citizens, organizations, companies, public institutions and cultural centers all over Romania are expected on March 28 to join in the country’s seventh edition of Earth Hour celebrations, the largest ever voluntary environmental movement, WWF-Romania announced.

On March 28 at 20:30 p.m. local time, over 7,000 cities in more than 162 countries will switch off their lights to express concern for the protection of nature.
According to the environmental organization, more than 40 cities in Romania have actively participated in Earth Hour during the previous six editions, and hundreds of thousands of Romanians have turned their lights off for one hour on the last Saturday of March.

Thus, iconic buildings, castles, monuments and institutions are symbolically shutting off their lights and hosting themed events. Worth mentioning among the major additions to the Earth Hour movement in Romania is the Palace of Parliament, the largest civilian building in the world, with an hourly electricity consumption that equals the consumption of a town with 20,000 inhabitants, which goes dark every year for Earth Hour and also turns off its outdoor lighting every night.

Since 2012, WWF-Romania has awarded the Romanian cities of Bistrita, Timisoara and Satu Mare the title of “Romania Earth Hour Capital.”

For this year’s edition, nearly 40 cities and towns answered the call and announced they are organizing “Earth Hour” themed events, such as cross-country races, marches and flash mobs (like for instance Aiud, Botosani, Calan, Ploiesti, Vaslui or Tulcea), outdoor workouts, singing and dancing performances, brass band concerts (Sighisoara), themed events in restaurants and cafes, recycling campaigns and educational activities in schools and colleges, cycling tours (Craiova, Salonta, Braila, Turda or Medias), greening actions (Focsani), astronomical observations (Panciu) and exhibitions (Rosiorii de Vede), themed film screenings, street animations (Ramnicu Valcea).

According to WWF-Romania, the Peles Castle too will go dark on Saturday evening, putting out its over 3,000 lights, as will the Brukenthal Museum of Sibiu, the Bucharest National Opera, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Bucharest-based “Grigore Antipa” Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of Art, the History Museum and the Palace of Parliament. More…