The Parliament and Government buildings symbolically turned off their lights, on Saturday night, for an hour.
Over 50 towns and cities in Romania joined, on Saturday night, for an hour, in the “Earth Hour 2011” campaign, a global event organized by WWF, to enhance awareness about electricity waste.
According to Ziare.com, the official Earth Hour 2011 towns and cities in Romania were: Adjud, Alba Iulia, Alexandria, Arad, Avrig, Bacau, Baia Mare, Baile Tusnad, Bistrita, Botosani, Braila, Brasov, Buftea, Calafat, Calarasi, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Deva, Focsani, Galati, Giurgiu, Horezu, Iasi, Miercurea-Ciuc, Mizil, Panciu, Piatra Neamt, Pitesti, Ploiesti, Ramnicu Valcea, Resita, Roman, Rosiorii de Vede, Satu Mare, Sfantu Gheorghe, Salonta, Sighisoara, Slobozia, Suceava, Targoviste, Targu Jiu, Targu Mures, Timisoara, Tulcea, Turdam Vaslui, Vatra Dornei and Zalau.
As in past years, Bucharest joined, once again, the world capitals which turned off the lights to show their support of the Earth Hour cause. Thus, at 8:30 pm, local time, iconic buildings in Bucharest were shrouded in darkness, for an hour. These included the Palace of Parliament, the Romanian Government, the Ministry of the Environment and Forests, the Romanian Athenaeum, the National Opera House, the National Theatre, the National Art Museum and the Central University Library. They were joined by dozens of state and private companies and institutions. In a show of respect for the planet which serves as our home, people in Bucharest marked the Earth Hour by the traditional bikers’ march, taking place in the George Enescu Square, Mediafax reports. At the same time, participants gathered in the square were treated to unplugged concerts by Sistem and the Sound Choir, with a repertoire created specially for the event, including the songs: “Siyahamba” (South-African hymn), “Tourdion” (15th century), “Mare hiba-i la Jibau”, by Dariu Pop, “Sarba-n caruta”, by Gheorghe Danga, “Nunta”, by Constantin Arvine, “Summertime”, by George Gershwin, “Java-jive”, by Ben Oakland, and “When I’m 64”, signed by The Beatles.
Over 300 people gathered, on Saturday evening, in Vaslui’s Civil Square, where public lights were turned off, between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. As soon as the lights went out, participants in the event lit a candle and a formed a circle, meant to represent the Earth. At the same time, the young people in the square kept a moment of silence, honouring the victims of the Japan quake.
The exceedingly fast expansion of the Earth Hour campaign, from one city – Sydney – to 4,500 cities, in 128 countries, in four years, proved that there are hundreds of millions of people who wish to be more actively involved in finding solutions to nowadays’ environmental problems, WWF stated.