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Big Ben, London Eye, Tower Bridge, more went dark for Earth Hour 2015

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Multiple UK landmarks including Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Old Trafford marked Earth Hour 2015 by switching off their lights at 8.30pm on March 28 to raise awareness of climate change.

These iconic UK landmarks were among the 700 global monuments including the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow to have marked the Earth Hour this year – an annual event, organised by conservation organisation WWF.

This year the Earth Hour started in Samoa and finished in Tahiti sweeping across 24 time zones and six continents.

The Palace of Westminster, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and even Blackpool Tower participated in this year’s event as well as more than 30 Unesco World Heritage sites. Earth Hour was launched in 2007 in Australia and has spread globally since

Some of the other landmarks that participated in the event included the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which went dim and gateway pylons at Los Angeles LAX airport turned off after being lit in green in honor of the occasion. Landmarks in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro also observed the Earth Hour which saw parts of cities plunge into darkness.

This year’s Earth Hour comes as the French capital prepares to host a crucial UN climate conference in December that will bring together the international community to discuss efforts to limit global warming.

Hong Kong’s monuments also participated in the event with its signature high-rise skyline along the Victoria Harbour going dark. Hong Kongs’s 118-story International Commerce Centre, Taiwan’s Taipei 101 tower, and Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers also went dark.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a staunch advocate for climate change action, said in a video address: “Climate change is a people problem. People cause climate change and people suffer from climate change.

“People can also solve climate change. This December in Paris, the United Nations is bringing nations together to agree a new, universal and meaningful climate agreement.”