SYDNEY - The Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House and even the ancient Acropolis in Athens were plunged into darkness for an hour on Saturday (March 30) as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on the planet's vanishing plant and animal life.
The 13th edition of Earth Hour, organised by green group WWF, saw millions of people across 180 countries turn off their lights at 8.30pm to highlight energy use and the need for conservation.
"We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world. And we could be the last that can do anything about it," the charity said.
"We have the solutions, we just need our voices to be heard." WWF-Australia chief executive officer Dermot O'Gorman told AFP that "Earth hour still is the world's largest grassroots movement for people to take action on climate change".