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Ciudades apagan las luces en “La hora del planeta”

La icónica Opera y el Puente de la Bahía de Sídney quedaron a oscuras el sábado por la noche durante “La hora del planeta”, que busca sensibilizar a millones de personas en el mundo sobre el impacto del cambio climático. Otras ciudades del mundo se unieron a camapaña.

Por Sídney/AFP

This combination of pictures created on March 19, 2016 shows the city skyline before (TOP) and after (BOTTOM) the lights were switched off during the Earth Hour campaign in Shanghai on March 19, 2016. 
Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF
This combination of pictures created on March 19, 2016 shows the city skyline before (TOP) and after (BOTTOM) the lights were switched off during the Earth Hour campaign in Shanghai on March 19, 2016. Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF's Earth Hour this year, with monuments and buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101 and the Empire State Building plunging into darkness for 60 minutes from 8:30pm local time. / AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE
This combination of photographs shows the National Stadium, known as the Bird
This combination of photographs shows the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, with the lights on (top) and with the lights off (bottom) during the annual Earth Hour event in Beijing on March 19, 2016. Millions of people were expected to switch off their lights for Earth Hour on March 19 in a global effort to raise awareness about climate change that was even to be monitored from space. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
(TOP) and after (BOTTOM) the lights were switched off during the Earth Hour campaign in Sydney.




Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF
(TOP) and after (BOTTOM) the lights were switched off during the Earth Hour campaign in Sydney. Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF's Earth Hour this year, with monuments and buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101 and the Empire State Building plunging into darkness for 60 minutes from 8:30pm local time. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST
(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on March 19, 2016 shows Australia
(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on March 19, 2016 shows Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House (TOP) and during (BOTTOM) the Earth Hour campaign as lights are switched off in Sydney. Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF's Earth Hour this year, with monuments and buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101 and the Empire State Building plunging into darkness for 60 minutes from 8:30pm local time / AFP PHOTO / William WEST
(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on March 19, 2016 shows Yokohama city
(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on March 19, 2016 shows Yokohama city's Cosmo Tower ferris wheel before (TOP) and during (BOTTOM) the Earth Hour campaign with the lights switched off in Yokohama. Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF's Earth Hour this year, with monuments and buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101 and the Empire State Building plunging into darkness for 60 minutes from 8:30pm local time. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA
People stand in front of Malaysia
People stand in front of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers before the lights had been switched off during the Earth Hour campaign in Kuala Lumpur on March 19, 2016. Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF's Earth Hour this year, with monuments and buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101 and the Empire State Building plunging into darkness for 60 minutes from 8:30pm local time. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN
People gather at the Floats next to Marina Bay Sands hotel and resort before lights are switched off during the Earth Hour campaign in Singapore on March 19, 2016.
Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF
People gather at the Floats next to Marina Bay Sands hotel and resort before lights are switched off during the Earth Hour campaign in Singapore on March 19, 2016. Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF's Earth Hour this year, with monuments and buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101 and the Empire State Building plunging into darkness for 60 minutes from 8:30pm local time. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
RIT02. Taipei (Taiwan), 19/03/2016.- A composite photo of two images with lights on (top) and off (below) showing the Taipei 101 skyscraper marking the Earth Hour 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan, 19 March 2016. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local time and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes to raise awareness of the danger of global climatic change. EFE/EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO
RIT02. Taipei (Taiwan), 19/03/2016.- A composite photo of two images with lights on (top) and off (below) showing the Taipei 101 skyscraper marking the Earth Hour 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan, 19 March 2016. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local time and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes to raise awareness of the danger of global climatic change. EFE/EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO
SYD. Sydney (Australia), 19/03/2016.- In a long exposure composite image, the Sydney skyline is seen during (above) and after Earth Hour (below) in Sydney, from Milsons Point, Australia, 19 March 2016. At 8.30pm Australian Eastern Time, Sydney residents turn off their lights for just one hour, as a sign of their commitment to reduce global warming, with the movement now celebrated in over 172 countries and over 7000 cities and towns worldwide. EFE/EPA/SAM MOOY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
SYD. Sydney (Australia), 19/03/2016.- In a long exposure composite image, the Sydney skyline is seen during (above) and after Earth Hour (below) in Sydney, from Milsons Point, Australia, 19 March 2016. At 8.30pm Australian Eastern Time, Sydney residents turn off their lights for just one hour, as a sign of their commitment to reduce global warming, with the movement now celebrated in over 172 countries and over 7000 cities and towns worldwide. EFE/EPA/SAM MOOY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

En más de 170 países, a las 20.30 horas locales, monumentos o edificios emblemáticos como el Empire State Building en Nueva York o la torre Eiffel en París quedarán sumidos en la oscuridad.

Ciudadanos, empresas y otras entidades están invitados a apagar las luces durante una hora en esta operación del Fondo Mundial para la Naturaleza (WWF).

En Sídney, donde nació este iniciativa que cumple su décima edición, numerosos edificios del puerto se apuntaron a la iniciativa.

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“El movimiento partió de una ciudad en 2007 y se extendió progresivamente para alcanzar hoy 170 países y territorios en todo el planeta”, declaró con satisfacción el director general de “La hora del planeta”, Siddarth Das.

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“Millones de personas participan actualmente en la operación”, aseguró por teléfono desde Singapur, justo antes de que se apagaran las luces.

El objetivo de la iniciativa es recordar que la energía que se consume tiene un coste para el planeta e incitar a gobiernos y particulares a actuar en favor del clima.



El famoso Teatro de la Ópera de Sídney, Australia, se une a campaña por la Tierra. (AFP)
El famoso Teatro de la Ópera de Sídney, Australia, se une a campaña por la Tierra. (AFP)


Las energías fósiles (carbón, gas, petróleo) utilizadas en la producción de electricidad son responsables de tres cuartas partes de las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, principal causa del calentamiento.

Mediante un acuerdo alcanzado el 12 de diciembre en la conferencia sobre el clima de París (COP21), la comunidad internacional se comprometió a mantener el calentamiento climático por debajo de los 2 grados en relación al promedio de la era preindustrial.