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The world’s brightest attractions go dark for ‘Earth Hour’ Saturday night

Excerpt from Al Jazeera English

Mar 23, 2013 7:40 am

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It’s rare that iconic attractions around the world participate in a common movement, but Earth Hour is a positive example of the power the global tourism industry wields when it comes together.

— Samantha Shankman

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The Manhattan skyline during the Earth Hour, as seen from across the East River. Citigroup Building, center, was darkened for the duration. ecksunderscore / Flickr


Hundreds of millions of people across the globe will turn off their lights for 60 minutes on Saturday night starting at 8:30pm local time in a symbolic show of support for “Earth Hour” campaign against climate change.

Many of the world’s most iconic attractions, including Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower will take part.

Last year more than 150 countries participated in the event which saw some of the world’s most iconic landmarks dim, and this year the movement has spread to Palestine, Tunisia, Suriname and Rwanda.

Newcomers to be plunged into darkness include Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid, the statue of David in Florence and Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

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