GEORGE TOWN - Major shopping malls around Penang switched off all non-essential lights while observing Earth Hour 2014 last night.
Normally vibrant facades plunged into darkness, tempered only by the gentle glow of candles as people from all walks of life got together to show solidarity for Mother Earth.
At Queensbay Mall, for instance, hundreds of cycling enthusiasts took part in the Earth Hour Fun Ride 2014, pedalling a 6.64km route around the vicinity.
They symbolically set off at 8.30pm, the time Earth Hour commences, and most of the cyclists made it back by 9.30pm.
Earlier, participants also enjoyed a showcase of bike stunts and lucky draws, which were hosted by Jojo Struys.
At Gurney Plaza, shoppers took turns to "ride" bicycles connected to a giant LED device, with their muscle power generating kinetic energy to light it up.
Others had fun in the "Let's Rock It With Nature" session where they painted rocks with vibrant, earthly colours.
In neighbouring Gurney Paragon Mall, about RM2,000 (S$769.30) was raised for the Crystal Family Home through a charity sale of some 400 candles.
These were then arranged into various shapes at the alfresco dining area, where patrons also enjoyed live band performances.
MyNews.com, one of the mall's tenants, contributed an additional RM5,000 to help cover educational, food, medicine and other necessities of the home, a non-profit children's welfare shelter based in Penang.