Earth Hour: Global iconic landmarks go dark

Students light candles to mark the Earth Hour inspiring people to take action to protect and preserve the natural environment of the planet in north China

Students light candles to mark the Earth Hour inspiring people to take action to protect and preserve the natural environment of the planet in north China

Sydney Opera House, Egypt's Great Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Brazil's Christ the Redeemer monument and the Empire State Building in NY are among the sites worldwide where the lights will be switched off.

Every year, people turn their lights off to spread awareness about sustainability and climate change.

A March 2018 B.C. Hydro report called Lights out: Why Earth Hour is Dimming in B.C., found that seven in 10 B.C. residents meant to take part in Earth Hour, but participation had declined for a fifth year.

Dozens of companies around the world said they would take part in this year's campaign, which also saw Singapore's skyline go dark and Hong Kong turn off the lights along the Victoria Harbour.

Earth Hour - at 8:30 p.m.

Last year, Earth Hour was observed in more than 7,000 towns and cities in 187 countries, according to the organisers.

This combination of photos show the Acropolis hill before and after having its lighting switched off to mark Earth Hour in Athens, on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

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"We live in an interconnected world".

Cities around the world - including some in Minnesota - are marking Earth Hour on Saturday night by turning off the lights in a call for global action on climate change.

BC Hydro says there was a 0.2 per cent increase in the amount of people to use electricity in 2018 over Earth Hour.

In Italy, public buildings and historical monuments in 400 cities participated in Earth Hour.

In a media statement released today, our beloved Eskom called on South Africans to "switch off for Earth Hour". Additionally, the organisation points out that it will be a good time to check out the stars, giving the comparably less light pollution.

"We urge residents to make Earth Hour a success by switching off and ensuring all unused appliances are unplugged on a daily basis".

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