Mexico City joins the world on "Earth Hour"

The lights went out at 8:30 p.m. in major cities all over the planet.

The Monument of the Revolution went almost black. (Photo: Valente Rosas/EL UNIVERSAL)
English 19/03/2016 23:09 Newsroom/AP/Mexico City Actualizada 23:23
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Mexico City joined the other metropolises of the world under the "Earth Hour" initiative, that seeks to generate consciousness against climate change.

At 8:30 p.m., emblematic buildings such as the Palace of Bellas Artes, the Angel of Independence, the statue of Diana the Huntress, and many others, turned off their lights.

"Earth Hour" is an environmental movement on the global level, which is carried out year-on-year in the month of March and aims to raise awareness about climate change through an electric blackout in homes and businesses.

This movement is joined by a total of 7,000 cities in 170 countries. The City of Mexico participates since 2009.

As night came on, the lights went out in cities from South Korea to the United States in what the World Wildlife Fund describes as a moment of solidarity for climate action. The group sponsors the event.

Lights went out for the hourlong event - from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time - in Beijing, Moscow, Beirut, Cairo, Athens, Rome, and Paris. The lights atop the Empire State Building in New York were dimmed, and some billboards in Times Square also went dark.

In Seoul, the glass-covered City Hall was among several public buildings where officials switched off the lights inside and out. Lights illuminating landmarks such as the massive COEX shopping mall, the city's main railway station and several bridges on the Han River were all either turned off or dimmed.

In Beijing, Chinese actress Li Bingbing showed up at the iconic Temple of Confucius, which was shut dark for an hour while municipal government officials announced that the city's energy conservation slogan would be "Consume less, consume wisely."

The Taipei 101 skyscraper was among the buildings to go dark in Taiwan's capital.

Philippine officials in metropolitan Manila led hundreds of environmental activists, students and movie and TV celebrities in switching off lights at the Quezon Memorial Circle in suburban Quezon city. Amid the darkness, some participants pedaled bamboo bikes attached to small energy generators to power LED lights and illuminate a giant Philippine map to symbolize the country's yearning to shift to renewable energy sources, organizers said.

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.

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