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Earth Hour 2016: Cities turn off lights to call for action on climate change

In Sydney, where the Earth Hour idea originated in 2007, many harbourside buildings fell dark as the city switched off for the tenth year in a row.

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Cities around Asia were turning out the lights Saturday evening to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change.

President House in New Delhi observed the Earth Hour and switched off its light for an hour on Saturday evening. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

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A combination picture shows an overview of central Tokyo with the illuminated Tokyo Tower at the centre before (L) and during Earth Hour, when its lights were switched off, Japan, March 19, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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Other cities across Asia were also turning off the lights for the hourlong event, held at 8:30-9:30 pm local time. Cities from other regions around the world will follow later Saturday.

A combination photo of the tourism icon Merlion before (top) and after lights were turned off during Earth Hour in Singapore March 19, 2016.(Source: Reuters)

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Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge went dark Saturday night, as the Earth Hour campaign to switch off lights to call for action on climate change began rolling out across the planet, organisers said.

A combination photograph shows the lights of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge before (top) and after (bottom) they were switched off for Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia, March 19, 2016.(Source: Reuters)

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Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF's Earth Hour this year, with monuments and buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101 and the Empire State Building plunging into darkness for 60 minutes from 8:30pm local time.

A combination picture shows the Taipei skyline with the Taipei 101 building before (top) and during Earth Hour in Taipei, Taiwan March 19, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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Earth Hour's global executive director Siddarth Das said organisers were excited about how much the movement had grown since it began in Sydney in 2007.

A combination photograph shows the financial district of Pudong before (top) and during Earth Hour in Shanghai, China, March 19, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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The first Earth Hour event was held on March 31, 2007, when the WWF conservation group inspired people in Sydney to turn out the lights for an hour. Since then, the WWF-organized event has expanded to thousands of cities and towns around the world and has been held every March.

A combination photograph shows the lights of the Sydney Opera House before (top) and after they were switched off for Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia, March 19, 2016.(Source: Reuters)