Earth Hour

By tackling light pollution, our city can transform itself

Giant illuminated billboards and electric signboards in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

The dimming of Hong Kong's skyline for an hour one Saturday night late last month was a rehearsal of how it could truly be a "world city" in Asia. If Hong Kong is to have a future that we are all proud of, sustainability must shine through darkness, not flashy neon and LED lights.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 3:29am

Letters to the Editor, March 30, 2013

England team must return to white strip. Photo: Xinhua

As a 26-year resident of the city, I have mainly always been proud of Hong Kong. On Monday I felt shame, wondering whether I could even look at a domestic helper straight in the face, feeling that I and my fellow Hongkongers had somehow let them down.

30 Mar 2013 - 3:34am 6 comments

Royal Dragon celebrates with spirit

Royal Dragon celebrates with spirit

Most one-year-olds get a birthday cake and a clown for their birthday party, but Royal Dragon Vodka's first anniversary party featured sexy female models in sharp men's suits cradling large bottles of RDV with not a cake in sight. But there was definitely an abundance of vodka at the party, held at local hotspot Dragon-i on Wyndham Street.

29 Mar 2013 - 10:32am

Hong Kong dims as it embraces Earth Hour

Hong Kong Island seen from Tsim Sha Tsui before city lights were turned off. Photo: David Wong

For the fifth year in a row, Hong Kong's famous skyline dimmed last night as residents embraced the green mantra of Earth Hour. But for one university professor who specialises in sustainable development, it was a chance to protest against what he called a gimmick that did more harm than good.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am 3 comments

Hong Kong needs to address its light pollution problem

Hong Kong Cultural Centre and most buildings of their lights switched off during Earth Hour in Victoria Harbour last year. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong's nighttime skyline is iconic, a megawatt cacophony of billboards, neon signs and video walls. Visitors find views of Victoria Harbour from The Peak breathtaking, but the dazzle and blitz of light from bustling streets after dark are what they most remember of our city.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am 3 comments

Talking points

Dousing the lights for Earth Hour

Dousing the lights for Earth Hour

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am

The case for giving Mother Nature legal rights

Every hour should be an Earth Hour - not just for ourselves and future generations, but for the planet.

Today, many people, businesses and other institutions in Hong Kong and elsewhere will turn off their non-essential lights at 8.30pm for Earth Hour.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, March 3, 2013

The old Legco building before Earth Hour. Photo: Felix Wong

I was interested to read Dr Robert Hanson's letter ("'Green' light bulbs really a health hazard", February 22), replying to my letter ("Offer rewards for light-bulb recycling", February 17). However, I would like some references to back up the claims he made.

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 3 comments

Schools take a stand for nature

Twelve international schools came together to form School Earth Day to support this year's Earth Hour organised by WWF. These schools, which belong to the Hong Kong EcoSchool Network, all turned off their lights together on March 29 or 30 to stress the importance of environmental protection.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Earth Hour turn-off campaign proves a huge turn-on for students

Schools and universities in Hong Kong have been busy teaching students the importance of energy conservation to mark Saturday's Earth Hour at 8.30pm.

The annual 'lights off' idea has grown into a global phenomenon. People in Hong Kong will join 1.8 billion others in 135 countries by turning off non-essential lights to show support for Earth Hour.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Companies blamed for power surge

Energy consumption in Hong Kong rose by more than 26 per cent over two decades, an environmental group says - and much of the power switched on left shoppers shivering in city malls or lit up the night sky.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Dark sky means brighter future

Small steps now are big steps in the future. On March 28, Hong Kong's brightly lit skyline disappeared at night for a while because we joined Earth Hour - the annual global event when businesses and households turn off lights for an hour to raise awareness about climate change.

13 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Shoot out the lights

WWF's Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative, in which people pledge to turn off their non-essential electricity for one hour. This year at least 1,672 cities have agreed to participate, including, for the first time, Hong Kong. Log on to for more information.

27 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Sydney will go dark for the environment this Saturday

What is going to happen?

Lights and other electrical devices will be switched off for an hour as part of a campaign called Earth Hour.

Where will the event take place?

The event will take place in Sydney, Australia's largest city, and surrounding areas.

When will the event happen?

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am