Canary wharf
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While Paris and other Europe cities organisedFive Minutes of Respite for the Planet” on the eve of the release of the 4th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change, Switched On London, a lighting festival, is taking place in the WikipediaPool of London, between Tower Bridge and London Bridge on the Thames.

This is a seven night celebration of the relationship between light, architecture and the city consisting of temporary lighting installations and a series of light related events with an overall concept theme of ‘theatre’. So, the ‘Gods of Light’ willing, London’s first festival of light will run from the 8th to the 16th February 2007 in conjunction with ARC 07 at the Business Design Centre.

Concerning environmental impact? This is an environmentally friendly event according to WiewLondon

The project uses 320 LED light strips, each one of which only uses about 8 watts of electricity. Over the ten days of the festival, it’s estimated that the running cost will be only £20.00 – less than many Londoner’s electricity bills.

Okay, let’s enjoy it. I hope that they will light you up a bit during the dark depressing winter. It would be perfect if they were powered by solar or wind. Lighting is essential in our modern society. What we need to consider is its use in the right place at the right time in the sustainable way.

Personally I would like to see London switched off for a short period of time next. Sydney is going to turn off their lights for an hour, Earth Hour, between 7.30 and 8.30 pm on 31 March 2007 to reduce their greenhouse gas emission from Wikipedialight pollution [via TreeHugger]. I wish them great success and hope someone takes satellite photos at that night.

Via Starry Night Lights, I found a fantastic Earth at Night image created by Earth Observatory at Nasa. There are many fascinating images at Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. It’s a shame that they don’t have a rss feed.