Cities around the world turn off lights to mark Earth Hour

Beginning in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has spread to more than 180 countries, with tens of millions of people joining in.

Published: 31st March 2019 12:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2019 12:45 AM   |  A+A-

Mumbai's historic railway station Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is seen before the lights were switched off for Earth Hour. (Photo | AP)

Mumbai's historic railway station Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is seen before the lights were switched off for Earth Hour. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

HONG KONG: Cities around the world were marking Earth Hour on Saturday night by turning off the lights in a call for global action on climate change.

In Hong Kong, major buildings along Victoria Harbour turned off their non-essential lights at 8:30 p.m., and the city's popular tourist attraction known as the Symphony of Lights was canceled.

Over 3,000 corporations in Hong Kong signed up for Earth Hour 2019, according to the WWF Hong Kong website. Iconic skyscrapers including the Bank of China Tower and the HSBC Building in Central, the city's major business district, switched off their lights in response to the global movement.

In Taipei, Taiwan's capital, the island's tallest building, Taipei 101, joined surrounding buildings in shutting off the lights as part of the Earth Hour event.

Beginning in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has spread to more than 180 countries, with tens of millions of people joining in.

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