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More than 100 countries join Earth Hour 2011

Written on March 27, 2011 by R. Depp

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When the clock struck 8:30PM last night countries across the seven continents across the world turned their lights off to join the Earth Hour, a global initiative to promote awareness on climate change.

For one hour, people all over the world turned off the lights, starting 8:30 p.m. local time.

The World Wildlife Fund (), the event’s organizer said more than a billion people in 100 countries  participate every year.

A report on the WWF blog said that Russian cyclists went for a ride with headlamps. “These cyclists are heroes,” the group’s office said. “In Moscow, it is – 8 [C] degrees.”

In Egypt, the word about was spread through social media.

turned off the lights on famous monuments, like the Great Wall of . European cities went dark as citizens turned off house lights.

The meanwhile got the top spot for third straight year, with more than a thousand cities and towns across the country switched their lights off for the advocacy.

Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, and is held every last Saturday of March annually.

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