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11 of the best photos from Earth Hour's 10th anniversary

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Some of the world’s most famous buildings turned their lights out for an hour this weekend to mark Earth Hour – an event to raise awareness about climate change, and one that can make a significant difference to carbon monoxide pollution for the hour it takes place.

Around the world people switched off their lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday, while some of the world’s most famous landmarks did the same.

Numerous London buildings went dark, while the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate and many others joined in on the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) initiative that started in Sydney 10 years ago.

1. Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster

Elizabeth Tower at the Palace of Westminster
(David Jensen/PA)

2. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge in central London before and after it switched off its lights for an hour to mark WWF's Earth Hour to awareness about climate change
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

3. The London Eye

London Eye in central London as it switched off their lights to mark WWF's Earth Hour to awareness
(David Jensen/PA)

4. Harrods

Harrods handout photo as the department store in central London switched off their lights to mark WWF's Earth Hour
(Tim Griffiths/Harrods/PA)

5. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

6. The Kremlin

The Kremlin is illuminated before the lights were turned off, top, and then the same location in darkness
(Denis Tyrin/AP)

6. The Brandenburg Gate

the Brandenburg Gate is seen shortly before the lights were turned out
(Markus Schreiber/AP)

7. The Eiffel Tower

8. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai

Mumbai's historic railway station Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
(Rajanish Kakade/AP)

9. The temple of the Parthenon, Athens

the temple of the Parthenon on the Acropolis hill
(Yorgos Karahalis/AP)

10. The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers during lights out for Earth Hour in Kuala Lumpur,
(Daniel Chan/AP)

11. The Estadio Estadio do Dragao, Porto

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