Earth Hour 2011 in Georgia – an Unprecedented
The Earth Hour 2011 campaign in Georgia unified an unprecedented number of participants. Government structures, NGOs, international and private organizations, as well as individuals switched off non-essential lights and appliances from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 26.
CENN has successfully lobbied for the switch-off of the following iconic landmarks of cultural, historical, and political significance in Tbilisi:
Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower
Municipal buildings – Sakrebulo and the Parliament
Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater
Shota Rustaveli Academic Theater
Tbilisi Youth Palace
Statue of St. George on Freedom Square
Ferris Wheel in Mtatsminda Park
As the official representative and coordinator of Earth Hour in Georgia, CENN would like to thank the following entities/organizations for their participation in and support of this year’s initiative:
Tbilisi City Hall
The Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia
The European Union Delegation in Georgia
The United Nations Country Team in Georgia
Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth Georgia
Energy Efficiency Center Georgia
Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia
Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia
Ministry of Finance of Georgia
Embassy of the United States in Georgia
Georgian Youth Development and Education Association (GYDEA)
Marriott Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel
Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel
Association of Young Professionals in Energy of Georgia (AYPEG)
International Center for Caucasus Tourism, Georgia
Koda Community Education Center (Village of Koda, Tetritskaro Municipality, Kvemo Kartli region, Georgia)
Imereti Scientists' Union, "Spectrum" (Kutaisi, Imereti region, Georgia)
The Women of Samtskhe-Javakheti for a Peaceful Georgia (Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia)
NGO "Healthy World"
NGO "Georgia's Protected Areas Programme"
In addition, we would like to thank the following media organizations for their informational support:
Georgian Public Broadcaster
“Green Wave” Radio
Kakheti Information Center
China Central Television (CCTV)
Along with the aforementioned landmarks, the entities/organizations listed above also switched off their non-essential internal and/or external illumination during Earth Hour 2011.
Thank you for being a part of the most widespread environmental initiative in the world! Your participation contributed greatly to awareness raising and set humankind one step further in its fight against climate change and global warming.
We are looking forward to an even further increase in participation next year!
Please, view a slide-show of the photos taken during Earth Hour 2011 Georgia on the following URL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61110090@N03/sets/72157626370839090/show/
Click here to view the Earth Hour Global 2011’s Favorites slide-show, where you will also be able to see several photos from Georgia: