Thousands of Irish People Take Part in Earth Hour!
2 Apr 2008
More than 30,000 homes in Ireland took part in this year's Earth Hour, which took place between 8pm and 9pm on Saturday March 29th. Lights were also switched off at the Customs House, Four Courts, Aras an Uachtarain, the courtyard in Government buildings and Leinster House. According to Fintan Sly, Director of Operations with the ESB the event saw a drop in electricity usage of 50 Megawatts, a saving of about 60 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The event was a powerful reminder to politicians, business leaders and individuals that massive amounts of energy continue to be wasted, contributing to Ireland's high level of greenhouse gas emissions. Earth Hour was also a positive example of how ordinary people can take meaningful action on climate change.
Worldwide, 24 cities were involved in Earth Hour 2008. Almost 300,000 people and more than 20,000 business took part. To find out more about Earth Hour, click here.