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Earth Hour 2008

On March 29th many buildings in downtown Atlanta turned off as much decorative lighting as possible to save energy for one hour. The iconic Bank of America Plaza was the most interesting, since its orange top usually provides a beacon of navigation for drivers, like our own urban lighthouse. The overall effect of Earth Hour was somewhat disappointing, however, because it's apparent that much of the city's light pollution comes from street lights and vehicles, which obviously shouldn't be turned off.


love this. where did you take it from?
  • Ethan
  • April 15, 2008
  • 8:40 am
I was standing in the southwest corner of the Tech Square parking deck, looking generally south. That's the Arby's parking lot on the lower left corner of the photo.
  • Matt M.
  • April 15, 2008
  • 12:40 pm
Interesting that no building completely honored the project. I guess it won't be long until a radical band of Earth Day volunteers drop a EMP in a major city. I mean, it's all about saving energy, right? ~~
  • Smitha
  • April 15, 2008
  • 1:06 pm
It took me a moment to even realize that there was a difference, especially since there were lights still on in both the AT&T and Bank of America buildings--but I wonder how much of that is because the fog and cloud cover reflected the light and made everything seem brighter?
  • Ariel
  • April 16, 2008
  • 1:57 am
Cool capture. That looks so weird with the BoA cap off.
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