Budapest and Pecs (S Hungary) will
join a world-wide energy-saving campaign and shut down public
lighting for an hour on Saturday evening.
The campaign, Earth Hour, started out in Sydney last year, where
2.2 million people and 2,100 companies went without lighting for an
hour, lowering energy use by 10 percent for the day.
The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has taken the campaign
global this year, and expects about 30 million people to join in
dimming lights on Saturday from 2000 to 2100 local time to save
Hungary’s Environment Minister Gabor Fodor welcomed the campaign
and urged people to refrain from using unnecessary lighting during
the 60 minutes indicated in the campaign.
"We can all make our own contribution to combatting climate
change, everyone counts who is ready to become a bit more
eco-conscious," said Fodor.
Hungary’s casino chain Game World, the Four Seasons hotel chain
and Magyar Telekom will participate in the no-lights action.