Landmarks around the world go dark for Earth Hour

PHOTO: The Straits Times

Many landmark buildings in Shanghai, including the 632-meter Shanghai Tower-China's tallest building-as well as the World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl Tower, turned off their lights for an hour on Saturday as part of a global effort to draw attention to climate change.

The Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world by plunging into darkness for 60 minutes.

The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants.

The event, which originated in Sydney, has grown to become a worldwide environmental campaign, celebrated across all continents.

Landmarks around the world go dark for Earth Hour

  • Singapore City skyline at 9.31pm after Earth Hour on Mar 25, 2017. Officially from 8.30pm to 9.30pm .
  • A combination photo shows the Tokyo Tower before (L) and after its lights were switched off for Earth Hour in Tokyo, Japan March 25, 2017.
  • This combo image shows the Yokohama giant ferris wheel, Cosmo Clock 21, illuminated (top) and with its lights switched off (bottom) for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Yokohama on March 25, 2017.
  • Shopping malls are seen before Earth Hour in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, March 25, 2017
  • The statue of Christ the Redeemer is seen before being plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on top of Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 25, 2017.
  • The Eiffel Tower is pictured before Earth Hour in Paris, France, March 25, 2017.
  • The State Opera house (Staatsoper) is seen before the lights were switched off for Earth Hour in Vienna, Austria, March 25, 2017.
  • A picture taken on March 25, 2017, in Moscow, shows St.Basil's Cathedral and the GUM department store before the lights are turned off for the Earth Hour environmental campaign.
  • The Vilnius Cathedral illuminated before (above) and after the lights were switched off to mark the annual Earth Hour in Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • A combination photo shows Belvedere palace and its reflection in a pond before (top) and after the lights were switched off for Earth Hour in Vienna, Austria, March 25, 2017.
  • The ancient Acropolis in seen with lights on shortly before the lights were turned off during the Earth Hour in Athens on March 25, 2017.
  • A picture taken on March 25, 2017, in Moscow, shows the Kremlin before the lights are turned off for the Earth Hour environmental campaign
  • A combination picture shows a view of the hill of the Acropolis before (top) and during Earth Hour in Athens, Greece, March 25, 2017
  • A combination photo shows the Kremlin during Earth Hour (bottom) and after the lights were switched on in central Moscow, Russia, March 25, 2017.
  • A combination photo shows the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, before (top) and after the lights were switched off for Earth Hour in central Moscow, Russia, March 25, 2017.
  • A combination picture shows the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), formerly known as Victoria Terminus, before (top) and after the lights were turned off for Earth Hour in Mumbai, India, March 25, 2017.
  • A combination picture shows the Frere Hall building, before (top) and after the lights were turned off for Earth Hour in Karachi, Pakistan, March 25, 2017.
  • The Bund on the banks of the Huangpu River is pictured before Earth Hour in Shanghai, China March 25, 2017.
  • A combination photo shows a view of the buildings around Selamat Datang Monument, also referred to as the Bunderan HI roundabout, before (top) and during (bottom) Earth Hour in Jakarta, Indonesia March 25, 2017.
  • A general view shows the skyline before the building lights were switched off for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Hong Kong.
  • The Sydney Opera House seen before the tenth anniversary of Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia.
  • A combination photo shows the Sydney Harbour Bridge before and during the tenth anniversary of Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia.

Earth Hour moved from Australia westward through Asia, with many of the skyscrapers ringing Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor going dark in solidarity, while at Myanmar's most sacred pagoda, the Shwedagon, 10,000 oil lamps were lit to shine a light on climate action.

The lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France's best-known symbol, were switched off for five minutes at 7:30 pm and the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the world's tallest building, went dark for an hour.

London's Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and London Eye giant wheel followed suit, among 270 British landmarks that switched off.

In Singapore, around 200 organisations, including buildings along the city-state's iconic skyline, went dark to mark the occasion.

Organizers said around 35,000 people watched performances and participated in a "carbon-neutral run" that saw some runners in panda and tiger costumes to raise awareness of wildlife protection.

And in Japan, Tokyo's famed Sony Building in Ginza extinguished its bright lights to honour the occasion.

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