Eiffel Tower goes dark for 5 minutes to call attention
to climate ..
Feb 02, 2007 09:44 PST
PARIS (AP) - The City of Light dimmed Thursday as Parisians joined a
five-minute "lights-out" campaign to express concern over climate
Even the Eiffel Tower, whose 20,000 sparkling bulbs light up the Paris
skyline nightly, went dark between 7:55 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time.
The countrywide lights-out, the brainchild of France's Alliance for the
Planet conservation group, was timed before the release Friday of a
major climate change report warning that Earth will keep getting warmer.
Lights also went out at Paris' Hilton Hotel, where many of the
scientists and officials from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change are staying as they work on the report. The hotel even switched
off its electric revolving front door.
A campaign rally organized by Socialist presidential candidate Segolene
Royal went ahead in the dark after organizers pulled the plug on lights
in the meeting hall, in the southeastern city of Grenoble. The hall's
microphones and speakers continued to work during the blackout.
Posted By Mike Johnston to H2OPower at 2/02/2007 12:31:00 PM