The world is going green. But why?

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Green.
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Green.

Something is different about Egypt’s pyramids...and Table Mountain... and the Allianz Arena in Munich. They’re all green. Why would that be?

Famous attractions and sites around the world which will go green to mark St Patrick’s Day this year as part of the 2014 Global Greening campaign include ‘old favorites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the Pyramids in Egypt, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, the Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building in New York and San Francisco's City Hall. New sites going green for the first time in 2014 include multiple sites in Chicago such as Soldier Field stadium (home to the famous Chicago Bears team) the Wrigley Building and Millennium Park; four iconic skyscrapers in Philadelphia, Canada’s famous ski resort Whistler and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra in Jordan.

Going green

This year, the world is going green. The world. Think Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza in Egypt, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid, Munich’s Allianz Arena or City Hall in San Francisco.

Think green.

A minty version of San Francisco’s Town Hall, complete with green puddles.

What would Hans Christian Andersen think of Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid going green?

The riddle of the Sphinx: “Love the green, but am I not usually sandy colored?”

A green Coit Tower standing out on the San Francisco skyline.

"The Greening Tower of Pisa." Maybe they'll keep it this way all year?