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Darkness descends for Earth Hour

This year saw a record-breaking participation in Earth Hour, which took place on March 31.

Organisers, The World Wildlife Fund reported that 6,525 cities, towns and municipalities in 150 countries and territories took part in the event, aimed at raising support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change.

The event, which started in 2007, invites people and organisations across the world to switch off all non-essential lighting in a bid to highlight the impact climate change is having on people and nature.

Major international landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Christ the Redeemer, went dark as part of the worldwide event.

Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, said: “WWF’s Earth Hour illustrates the power of acting together and is an hour to inspire us all to do more for people and nature affected by climate change, whether a child in a classroom, a CEO running a company or a politician leading a nation.”

Earth Hour 2012 ended this year in the tiny Pacific island nation of the Cook Islands, on the atoll of Aitutaki, one of the areas most at threat from global warming and rising sea levels.

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