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Sydney switches off for Earth Hour

Published on Mar 29, 2014 7:18 PM
 
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View Sydney Harbour Bridge as the lights dim for Earth Hour. Slide to view the scene before and after lights out. -- PHOTOS: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness on Saturday for the Earth Hour environmental campaign, among the first landmarks around the world to dim their lights for the event.

Lights will go out in some 7,000 cities and towns from New York to New Zealand for Earth Hour which this year aims to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for green projects.

"The thing about Earth Hour is that is reminds people that it needs to be a global response," said Anna Rose, national Earth Hour manager for Australia, the country in which the event began in 2007.

"It's quite beautiful when people turn off their lights in Earth Hour to know that they are joining with people in 154 countries."

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is seen plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign, among the first landmarks around the world to dim their lights for the event, on March 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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