Taipei--The Taipei 101 skyscraper, retailer Carrefour and numerous hotels in Taiwan joined the world in observing Earth Hour by turning off their lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
At Taipei 101, the tower was in darkness except for the 59th and 60th floors, which were lit up with messages in LED lights that said "Earth Hour," and "60+", among others, to remind people to participate in the environmental action.
Meanwhile, the French retailer Carrefour called on its 97 stores across Taiwan to participate in the event, while hotel operators such as L'Hotel de Chine Group and Leofoo Tourism Group turned off their signboard lights.
The annual global event, which is usually held toward the end of March, encourages individuals, communities and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to helping to make the planet sustainable in the future.
The state-owned Taipower said the collective observance of Earth Hour in Taiwan last year saved 80,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, the equivalent of 51 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is now in its 11th year.
According to the WWF website, individuals, communities, organizations and landmarks in an unprecedented 178 countries and territories last year took part in the world's largest grassroots movement for environmental protection.
Over 400 iconic landmarks switched off their lights during Earth Hour last year, including Taipei 101; the Sydney Opera House; Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London; the Tokyo Tower; the Empire State Building in New York; Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore; and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.