Lights Dim Around the World for Earth Hour
Over 3,000 cities and towns worldwide dimmed their lights for an hour Saturday evening as a statement against global climate change.
Famous landmarks across the world were dimmed or completely turned off from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time, including London's Big Ben, the Egyptian Pyramids, Paris's Eiffel Tower and the statue of Christ the Redeemer over Rio de Janeiro.
Cities such as Beijing, Athens, New York City and Dubai switched off their skyscrapers and buildings, while families and individuals shut of lights in their homes for an hour.
The blackouts were a part of Earth Hour- an event that began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, to bring attention to global warming and environmental issues.
Its intent is to create a sense of public pressure and urgency in solving issues of the environment, sources told BBC. It gives a picture of what people can do to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon supported the event as a positive demonstration for the environmental cause.
"Earth Hour is a way for the citizens of the world to send a clear message," Ki-moon said in a video on the event's YouTube channel. "They want action on climate change."