Sunday, March 28, 2010

Earth Hour 2010, Madrid

On March 27, from 8.30 - 9.30pm, people from many cities around the World celebrated Earth Hour by turning off their lights in a global effort to combat climate change.

In Madrid, all the flood lights that set the aglow the iconic Puerta de Alcala in the night were turned off in support of Earth Hour.

To mark this event, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) organised an evening of activities in the nearby Parque del Retiro, right next to Puerta de Alcala. They included fun & games for children, a 3km 'Race for the Planet' around the entire park for 1,000 participants, and thereafter, a 60 minutes mini acoustic concert throughout the black-out hour.

Above: The final few race participants trickling in at the finish line before the lights-out.

Above: The inside of the park starting to fill up with people by 8pm.

The concert stage was kept pretty small and simple, as the main backdrop really was the Puerta de Alcala behind it.

Above: Indian cultural dancers bopping to music from the movie, Slumdog Millionaire.

Above: The duo, Shivaritas performing their earth song.

Above: Special appearances by Pocoyo & friend!

Above: Prize presentation for the race winners.

Above: T.V. network crew right next to us.

"I'd like to teach the world to perfect harmonyyyy...."
Gosh I can't get that jingle outta my head (I wonder if you know what I'm talking about...)

Above: The unlit Puerta de Alcala just outside the gates of the Retiro Park.

Well hope you've done your part during Earth Hour.
Or you can do so, whenever!

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