Residents urged to switch off for Earth Hour on Saturday night

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Previous year across the United Kingdom, 10 million people took part, along with more than 7,000 schools, 400 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations, the charity said. It is not a simultaneous event and the Earth Hour time depends on your local time, and the participants around the world will switch off lights when it is 8:30pm in their local time.

In a message shared on the occasion, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser said: "The world is experiencing diverse impacts of climate change more than ever and it is important to empower people to become part of climate change initiatives", Radio Pakistan reported.

This combination of photos show the Acropolis hill before and after having its lighting switched off to mark Earth Hour in Athens, on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Earth Hour 2019 will take place on Saturday, March 30, from 8:30 p.m.to 9:30 p.m. local time, CBS News reported.

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While the lights-off event is a symbolic gesture, Earth Hour has led successful campaigns over the past decade to ban plastics in the Galapagos Islands and plant 17 million trees in Kazakhstan. Dr. Rebecca Elliot, assistant professor in the department of sociology whose research focuses on viewing climate change as an economic problem, highlighted to Newsweek: "The kinds of challenges we face demand collective, rather than individual, solutions: transformations to our infrastructure, supply chains, energy systems, and economic institutions".

Cities around the world, including Johannesburg, South Africa, are also encouraging citizens to take part in the movement and collectively help protect the planet.

"We live in an interconnected world".

Last year's event was observed in more than 7,000 towns and cities in 187 countries, according to organisers.

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