Yesterday, December 10th, was International Human Rights Day. To mark the occasion, as well as to celebrate Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary year, AI Canada arranged to have Canada’s most famous natural wonder — Niagara Falls — lit yellow for 15 minutes at a time at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
While the algae-rich Great Lakes water may have greened the hue a touch, the effect created what may be the world’s most epic ambient PSA:
Amnesty International’s Web Editor (and my friend) Susanne Ure was there to capture the event on camera. “It was thrilling and awe-inspiring in equal measures” she says. ” I was blown away by the people who braved the extremely cold weather to bear witness, not just for the illumination but for prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders worldwide.”
The event was well-attended by Amnesty members and supporters, as well as curious onlookers and media, despite the fact that it was a cold and damp evening in Southern Ontario. It was part of a coordinated global event including a Shine a Light concert in Taiwan, street events in Paris, a candle-lit parade in Mali and other happenings at famous landmarks around the world.
Two more view of the Falls after the break.
Amnesty International Canada
Susanne Ure (photographer)