This evening saw the lights go off in Brisbane as part of Earth Hour 2008.
Sadly, with street & traffic lights, transmission towers and guidance beams remaining on, the streets were not (as I'd hoped) plunged in a post-apocalyptic mire, crawling with flesh-eating zombies and flesh-scarring emos.
Still, I did my bit - turned off all the lights and appliances in Chez Clumsy - then grabbed my camera and took to the streets, in the hope of scoring some magnificent photos of a dark and sombre River City. Didn't really turn out that way, but here are the results nonetheless.
This is the view from the Normanby five-ways across the Roma Street Parklands towards North Quay.
Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has been a big supporter of Earth Hour, but I couldn't help noticing his (now out-of-date) election billboard on Musgrave Road was still lit up like a Christmas tree:
Here's a sight - Brisbane's infamous Suncorp-Metway digital clock, which makes the time available across the CBD. This is the first time it's been switched off in 30 years.
However, less than five minutes later, like a burning, dawning sun, the colossal timepiece burst into electric flame again, signalling the end of the hour of darkness with a jaunty 9:01. The camera can't even make out the digits, such was its brightness:
I wasn't in a good position to see major structures like the Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point cliffs, City Hall, XXXX Brewery and State Library go dark, so I can't really judge how effective the campaign was. However, the streets of Spring Hill seemed much the same as usual, if not a little quiet for a Saturday night. As I began my walk, I heard a group of residents in an apartment yelling to their neighbours to "turn them off, it's Earth Hour!", but there was little other evidence to show a mass dimming of the lights.
Anybody else get out and about? Was there much participation in suburbs further out from the city? And was Earth Hour worth the energy?