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See The World Go Dark for Earth Hour 2014

A girl lights a candle in preparation for Earth Hour.
Image: Flickr, Earth Hour
Iconic landmarks and cities went dark for one hour on Saturday to showcase their commitment to protecting the planet for this year’s Earth Hour.

Over 7,000 cities in 150 countries joined the movement with places like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Times Square in New York City, the Acropolis hill in Athens and even the Kremlin in Moscow participating.

Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the movement began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Started by Earth Hour CEO and co-founder, Andy Ridley, its main goal was to raise awareness about climate change.\

Since then, the event has become an international phenomenon that organizes the globe around a single symbolic act of turning off its lights. The effort also encourages participants to go beyond that simple act and think of new ways to create a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

“Earth Hour is a moment to kind of celebrate that trend and think about how we can switch the way we use electricity,” Keya Chatterjee, of the World Wildlife Fund, told 1010 Wins.

Check out some of the awe-inspiring photos of iconic cities and landmarks that went dark for Earth Hour.

Image: Flickr, Earth Hour
  • Pandas Supporting Earth Hour
    Sixty pandas parade down London’s Southbank spreading awareness of the World Wide Fund For Nature's Earth Hour.
    Image: Flickr, Earth Hour
  • Preparing for Earth Hour
    A girl lights a candle in preparation for Earth Hour.
    Image: Wally Santana/Associated Press
  • Taipei, Taiwan
    A two photo montage shows the Taipei 101 skyscraper moments before and after its lights are turned off for Earth Hour 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan.
    Image: Kostas Tsironis/Associated Press
  • Athens, Greece
    In this photo comparison the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill is shown before and after the lights were switched off to mark the annual Earth Hour in Athens, Greece.
    Image: Seth Wenig/Associated Press
  • New York City, New York
    In this composite photo, electronic billboards are turned off for Earth hour (left), and the billboards as they usually appear (right), in Times Square, New York.
    Image: Altaf Qadri/Associated Press
  • New Delhi, India
    The landmark India Gate is seen lit (top), and then the same location with the lights turned out for one hour to mark Earth Hour, in New Delhi, India.
    Image: Denis Tyrin/Associated Press
  • Moscow, Russia
    The lights are turned off at the Kremlin during the worldwide Earth Hour in Moscow, Russia.
    Image: Markus Schreiber/Associated Press
  • Lights Out at Brandenburg Gate
    People gather around the Brandenburg Gate after the lights were turned off to mark Earth Hour in Berlin, Germany.
    Press Image: Hasan Jamali/Associated
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    A Saudi youth takes pictures of the Kingdom Tower with its lights turned off during the worldwide Earth Hour in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
    Image: Markus Schreiber/Associated Press
  • Activists Celebrate Earth Hour
    Earth Hour participants spell out the phrase 'earth hour 2014' in front of the illuminated Brandenburg gate before the lights were turned off to mark the event in Berlin, Germany.
    Image: Juan Karita/Associated Press
  • La Paz, Bolivia
    Candles placed by participants to create the number 60, representing the minutes in an hour, marking Earth Hour in La Paz, Bolivia.
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