Lights go off for Earth Hour, global call on climate change

A vendor sells light-up yoys in front of the Quezon Memorial Shrine after the switching off lights for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Manila. (Noel Celis, AFP)
A vendor sells light-up yoys in front of the Quezon Memorial Shrine after the switching off lights for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Manila. (Noel Celis, AFP)

New Delhi — In Sydney, the Opera House has gone dark. In New Delhi, the lights have gone off at the city's great arch. In Kuala Lumpur, darkness has fallen on the Petronas Towers.

Earth Hour lasts for just 60 minutes and its power is purely symbolic. But beginning at 20:30 in countries around the world, people are switching off the lights in a global call for international unity on the importance of climate change.

Beginning in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has spread to more than 180 countries, with tens of millions of people joining in, from turning off the porch lights to dimming the Opera House.

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