Moscow goes dark in pondering for future

08:50, March 29, 2010      

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Over 70 Moscow's major landmarks fell dark for an hour on Saturday as the city took part in the Earth Hour 2010 campaign.

Precisely at 08:30 p.m. local time (0530 GMT), first deputy mayor of Moscow Pyotr Biryukov, together with director of the Russian branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Igor Chestin, launched the campaign by pulling down a symbolic switch outside the building of the Moscow Mayor's Office.

The lights also went out on the facades of Moscow State University, the Luzhniki sport complex, the Hotel Ukraina, the building of the Academy of Sciences and other architectures.

Earth Hour is a global event organized by the WWF and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to voice their concern about climate change.

At Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills), one of the biggest observation spots for the campaign, people gathered around waving flags, balloons and glowsticks, to spend the one-hour in darkness.

Natasha, a mother of a five-year-old son,told Xinhua that the campaign can prompt people to pay more attention to environment protection and energy efficiency.

"All the lights in my house are energy-efficient ones, I think we should learn to live in a cleaner world," said the Muscovite.

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