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Famous landmarks go dark for 'Earth hour'

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

It was lights out for some familiar landmarks.

Times Square and the Empire State Building went dark for a good cause.

They honored the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour by turning their world-famous lights dark with from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

Other landmarks including Buckingham Palace, The Eiffel Tower, The Sydney Opera House, the Tower of Pisa and many other landmarks all around the world went dark as well.

It was all done in an effort to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint, eliminate greenhouse gases and protect the environment by reducing energy consumption.

The event was first started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and soon other cities followed suit.

Earth Hour 2008 was held internationally on March 29, 2008 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time, marking the first anniversary of the event.

With 35 countries around the world participating as official flagship cities and over 400 cities also supporting, Earth Hour 2008 was celebrated on all seven continents and the tradition continues to this day. 

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