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The Green Life: Pictures from Earth Hour

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April 01, 2011

Pictures from Earth Hour

Athens during Earth Hour National Geographic has compiled a photo gallery showcasing places around the world before and during Earth Hour, which happened this past Saturday, Mar. 26.

This year, 134 countries participated, turning off lights for 60 minutes to raise awareness about the need to take action about climate change. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour was conceived in 2007, when 2.2 million Sydney residents turned off all non-essential lights. Other major cities adopted the event in 2008.

The above photo shows a dimmed Athens during Earth Hour; for more images of the fifth annual event, head over to National Geographic's gallery.

--Shirley Mak / photograph courtesy John Kolesidis

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