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March 25, 2010

Earth Hour is Saturday: Turn Off the Lights

Earth Hour You've heard of Earth Day, but what about Earth Hour? This Saturday, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. (local time), join hundreds of millions of people around the world who are taking a stand on climate change. It's easy to participate in this global sustainability event: Simply switch off your lights for 60 minutes during the fourth annual Earth Hour.

Worry not; you don't have to sit alone in the dark contemplating climate change (though reading by candlelight sounds pretty good). Instead, you can host an Earth Hour event, or find one that's already planned in your city or town.

Many landmarks and iconic buildings will turn their lights off in solidarity, from the Golden Gate Bridge and the Empire State Building to Sydney's Opera House and the Eiffel Tower. Check out this awe-inspiring video to see how it looked last year when the skylines of major cities went dark.

One tiny town on an island near the North Pole even pledged to shut off its lights despite the resulting risk of polar bear encounters. Now that's dedication.

-- Sophie Matson / image courtesy WWF

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