St. Pete Prepares to Flick the Switch
Published: March 29, 2014 (Issue # 1803)
The center of St. Petersburg will be plunged into darkness Saturday night in support of Earth Hour – a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event raising awareness on climate change.
Over 20 main buildings and bridges in St. Petersburg will have their lights switched off for one hour, starting at 8.30 p.m. Moscow time, reported Interfax Thursday. Buildings involved in the initiative include the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and the Strelka of Vasilievsky Island, while bridges include the Troitsky, Blagoveshchensky, and Dvortsovy (Palace) and Birzhevoy.
According to Interfax, energy saved in the city during the hour is expected to be double the amount last year due to the increased number of businesses participating.
A big local participant this year will be Japanese restaurant chain Dve Palochki (Two Sticks). Not only will guests dine by candlelight during the hour, but they can also purchase extra minutes to continue dining in darkness after the hour has passed. All proceeds from the purchase of these minutes will be donated to the Altai snow leopard conservation fund also run by WWF.
More than 20 million Russians are expected to take part in the global Earth Hour event, according to WWF Russia campaign director Igor Chestin, reported Itas-Tass Wednesday.
Two billion people across the globe and about 7,000 participating cities joined the event last year. Russia first took part in Earth Hour in 2008, reported Itas-Tass.