World celebrates Earth Hour 2018

ANI | Updated: Mar 24, 2018 20:24 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The entire world on Saturday is celebrating Earth Hour, wherein a blackout is witnessed for an entire hour beginning from 8:30 pm in accordance with varied time zones in different continents.

The message of the 2018 Earth Hour is plain and straight -- more action is needed on climate change.

Some of the countries have already started observing the event by switching off the lights in their households and also of various historical monuments in their cities.

Singapore's Marina Bay Sands hotel and resort observed the Earth Hour and switched off its lights, as also Skytree in Tokyo.

In Australia, the entire lighting system at Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House was turned off.

Various other global landmarks, including Beijing's Bird's Nest Olympic stadium, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Pyramids of Egypt and New York's Empire State Building, will also participate in the noble cause.

International fast food franchise Mc Donald's have also extended their support to the cause, as various outlets across the United States and Europe have dimmed their lights. They have displayed a notice outside their outlets which reads out as "Our lights will be out, but we're still open to serve you this Earth Hour".

The concept of the Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007, and it is now being observed by 187 countries which turn off the lights at 8:30 pm as per their respective local time. (ANI)