Santa Monica’s Pacific Park Goes Dark for Earth Hour 2013

Santa Monica, Calif. — KTLA

The lights went out at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier Saturday night as part of Earth Hour 2013.

The popular attraction, including its world-famous Ferris wheel, went dark from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, to observe a worldwide, one-hour blackout.

However, the wheel rim safety lighting remained on, Pacific Park officials said.

Earth Hour is an international climate change awareness campaign started by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF).

Pacific Park joins landmarks around the world, including London’s Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, that are taking part in Earth Hour.

The event is observed at 8:30pm local time across the globe, starting in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

Millions of individuals and a series of major sites are taking part in the United States including Los Angeles International Airport, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the United Nations headquarters and the Empire State Building in New York, the University of Texas at Austin, and Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when more than 2,000 businesses switched their lights off for an hour to take a stand against climate change.

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