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Earth Hour: What Is It and Why Is It So Important?

On Saturday night, cities across the world will go dark as the globe comes together in the fight against climate change.

The voluntary power cut marks Earth Hour, a grassroots initiative organised by the World Wildlife Fund.

In cities across the globe, the time between 8:30pm and 9.30pm will be a time of solidarity for everyone worried about the effects of climate change.

Lights at landmarks will be turned off at 8.30pm local time to represent the efforts that are needed to tackle climate change.

The Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, Taipei 101 and the Sydney Opera House, as well as numerous brands and companies, are all expected to participate.

Social media users will also dedicate their feeds to raising awareness of climate change, including changing their profile photos, which can be done here.

Organisers are hoping to build on the momentum built by the COP21 Paris climate talks. Participating countries in the negotiations agreed that climate change “represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies.”

Stuart Rankin

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