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Earth Hour: 5 landmarks that will go dark on Saturday

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On Saturday, March 27th, at 8:30 local time, the lights will go out in millions of homes, businesses, and schools in celebration of Earth Hour 2010. Started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour is now a global event organized by WWF in which people show their support for environmental action by turning off the lights for one hour. This year, 120 countries and territories will take part in this show of solidarity (up from 88 last year).

To heighten the symbolism of this worldwide action, numerous landmarks, both human-made and natural, will also turn off the lights. Among them:

  • Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Paris’ Eifel Tower
  • Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls
  • New York’s Empire State Building
  • Sydney’s Opera House



These are just some of the more well-known structures that will go dark; others include state and national capitol buildings, hotels and tourist destinations, and even Harrah’s casinos (though no word on the Vegas Strip yet… that would be monumental!). There’s a full list of featured supporters available…

Got plans for Earth Hour? Share them with us, and make sure to register them at the official Earth Hour site.

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Image: Madrid’s Puerta de Alcala with its lights off, on the occasion of WWF’s Earth Hour 2009 event. Credit: © Jorge Sierra / WWF-Spain