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Lights off for Earth Hour's global crowdfunding call

Published on Mar 30, 2014 6:20 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Lights went off in thousands of cities and towns across the world on Saturday for the annual Earth Hour campaign, which is aiming to raise money via the Internet for local environmental projects.

Iconic monuments from Athens' Acropolis, the Kremlin in Moscow and London's Houses of Parliament, to Sydney's Opera House and India Gate in New Delhi, went dark for 60 minutes from 8:30pm local time.

The world's tallest building, Dubai's 200-storey Burj Khalifa, joined the action expected to include some 7,000 cities and towns in 150 countries from New Zealand to New York - where the Empire State Building will switch off - by the time the event covers all the planet's time zones.

At the Vatican, before St Peter's Basilica plunged into darkness, dozens of people shouted out a countdown, including a group of children dressed as Spider-Man - the first ever superhero ambassador for the campaign.

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