Earth Hour as seen from around the world

Chillon Castle, on Lake Geneva in Montreaux, Switzerland, with its lights turned off for this year's Earth Hour Credit: Getty Images
Chillon Castle, on Lake Geneva in Montreaux, Switzerland, with its lights turned off for this year’s Earth Hour
Credit: Getty Images

As reported here earlier, today is the day for Earth Hour, when participants are advised to turn off their power from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, all to raise awareness of global warming and energy conservation.

Over 7,000 cities in 152 countries are participating in the event, which began in Australia in 2007. In New York City, the Empire State Building will spend the hour sans lights.

As we await our chance to join in, it’s worth checking in on how other cities have contributed. Following are snapshots of how going without electricity for 60 entire minutes has gone for other countries.

A lone girl in Sanlitun Village in Beijing:

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Credit: Getty Images

The financial district in Manilla in the Philippines after the lights were turned off:

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Credit: Getty Images

The India Gate Monument in New Delhi, India:

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Credit: Getty Images

The scene in Colombo, Sri Lanka:

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Credit: Getty Images

Another view of the darkened Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland, from slightly earlier in the hour:

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Credit: Getty Images

The Bulgarian National Theatre contribute to their country’s Earth Hour:

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Credit: Getty Images


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