Marking the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, lights across 7000 cities in about 170 plus countries will be switched off between 8:30 and 9:30 pm IST tonight.
Every year thousands of landmarks across the globe switch off their lights in the world’s biggest annual environmental event. This year teams around the world will be using the movement to shine a light on the climate issue most relevant in their country or region.
Among the famous buildings taking part are the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, London’s Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney’s Opera House, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Moscow’s Kremlin and the Pyramids of Egypt. India, too, is taking part in the event.
The event was first initiated in Australia in 2007 by WWF.
Siddarth Das, executive director at Earth Hour Global, said: “We started Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about. For that symbolic moment to turn into the global movement it is today, is really humbling and speaks volumes about the powerful role of people in issues that affect their lives.”