The lights that shine each night on Niagara Falls will go dark for one hour this Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 pm as part of the World Wildlife Fund's global Earth Hour.  It's a symbol of support and to raise awareness of what many consider to be the pressing issue of climate change.

Earth Hour has grown from a single event held in Sydney, Australia in 2007 to a worldwide initiative.  Last year 188 countries and territories across the world and nearly 18-thousand landmarks and monuments took part in Earth Hour.

Among the landmarks that have switched off their lights in past years;

  • Empire State Building
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Eiffel Tower
  • The Bolshoi Theatre and the Kremlin in Moscow
  • Acropolis in Athens
  • Bally's, Bellagio, Caesar's, Harrah's, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood and many other casinos in Las Vegas
  • Space Needle - Seattle
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral - New York City
  • World Trade Center
  • London Tower Bridge
  • London Eye Ferris Wheel
  • Big Ben - London
  • Brandenberg Gate - Berlin
  • National Stadium (Bird's Nest) - Beijing
  • Petronas Twin Towers - Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Since 1925 Niagara Falls has been lit up from sunset to roughly 2 am each night.