March 25, 2023

Earth Hour 2023

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I'm observing Earth Hour for the 15th consecutive year, and tonight I found myself in Singapore, which happens to be hosting a summit for the event. As usual I wanted to be under the stars and have the lights off in my room, and I figured going to the Esplanade would be a pretty good idea. I would be able to see the downtown skyscrapers go dark, and as it happened people from the World Wildlife Fund were hosting an event at the Esplanade Outdoor Stage.

This was the first time I get to see downtown Singapore looking so dark at night, although not everyone got the memo to switch off. I overheard some WWF officials near me talking about getting SingTel and The Fullerton Hotel on board, although One Raffles Place, WeWork, and The Sail at Marina Bay also kept some of their lights and signage lit.

But shortly before the 30-minute mark, someone at The Fullerton Hotel woke up and decided to turn the lights off. Good job! Without the lights from the hotel, even the Singapore River looked a little darker.

I stuck around the waterfront until the hour was up, then I strolled over next door to grab the second part of my dinner. I was happy to be able to participate this year. I really do hope that more and more people around the world become aware of how important it is to help save the planet. After all, it's the only one we have!

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