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Australia Kicks Off World Earth Hour

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  • March 29: Fireworks explode near the Sydney Opera House at the conclusion of Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia. Australia's largest city kicked off a global dimming when it turned off its lights Saturday night for one hour in an effort to combat climate change. Sydney is the first of more than 370 cities and towns in more than 35 countries from Fiji to Ireland to Canada to take part in Earth Hour, organizers said.
  • March 29: Fireworks explode near the Sydney Opera House at the conclusion of Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia.
  • March 29: Fireworks explode near the Sydney Opera House at the conclusion of Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia.
  • March 29: In this combo photo the Sydney Opera House is illuminated by lights, top, and then shown with the lights switched off in Sydney, Australia.
  • March 29: This combo picture shows the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House illuminated by lights top, then seen with the lights turned off in Sydney, Australia.
  • March 29: Thais look on prior to lights out during Earth Hour ceremonies in downtown Bangkok, Thailand. Organizers see the event as a way to encourage the world to conserve energy. While all lights in participating cities are unlikely to be cut, it is the symbolic darkening of monuments, businesses and individual homes they were most eagerly anticipating.
  • March 29: Vehicle lights are the only illumination seen on a seaside road after officials shut down the colorful street lights at 8 p.m. along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Philippines.
  • March 29: Vehicle lights are the only illumination seen on a seaside road after officials shut down the colorful street lights at 8 p.m. along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Philippines.
  • March 29: Few lights are reflected on the water after officials shut down the colorful street lights at 8 p.m. along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Philippines.
  • March 29: A Thai woman and her child beg for money in downtown Bangkok near Earth Hour ceremonies.
  • March 29: A man sits on a chair in front of a campaign sign as he waits for officials to shut down the colorful street lights at 8 p.m. along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Philippines.
  • March 29: A Thai woman cheers for her favorite pop singer, ‘BEAM,’ prior to lights out at Earth Hour ceremonies in downtown Bangkok, Thailand.
  • March 29: Thais cheer prior to lights out at Earth Hour ceremonies in downtown Bangkok, Thailand.

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