Why Does the Eiffel Tower Turn Off Its Lights?
The Eiffel Tower is turning out its lights, darkening the Paris skyline. The Guardian reports that Paris city council will consider turning off the tower's light one hour earlier this week.
Europe is facing a growing energy crisis due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The relocation is symbolic, like the tower. Jean-François Martins, the tower's manager, said the move was
"part of a rising awareness regarding energy sobriety." Evening illumination consumes 4% of the tower's yearly energy.
As European countries back Ukraine, Russia has almost shut off the continent's access to natural gas, which European officials call "energy blackmail."
It's unclear how this closing concert will evolve, although it's expected to still conclude around 12:45 a.m.
The Eiffel Tower was erected in 1887 but first lit in 1985. Before then, 10,000 gaslights and external projectors illuminated the building.