Eiffel Tower Goes Dark (and Green)

A blackout on the Eiffel Tower? Sacré bleu! That’s what’s in the works for this evening, we learned from a Reuters article. It’s all part of a plan to raise awareness about energy consumption:

The Eiffel Tower is to turn its famous night-time illuminations off for five minutes on Thursday to help draw attention to energy consumption and the environment on the eve of the release of a U.N. report on climate change.

The 336 projectors that light up the tower at night will be switched off between 7:55 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (1855-1900 GMT), a spokeswoman for SETE, the company that operates the 19th century metal tower in central Paris said.

A cool stunt, for sure, but it sort of raises another question: Do famous monuments really need to be lit up all the time? Wouldn’t it be more special, magical, awe-inspiring, and, um, green if SETE saved the lights display for special occasions?


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um ok....the thing that struck me most was, how is 5 minutes going to make up for the 1000's of hours of energy already used???? I thought i was going to read that they were turning them off for good, now that really would have been a statement.....plus of all the parisiens i know, none of them liked the lights in the first place, thinking it was tacky and not inline with the asthetic of the city anyway

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