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Times Square Billboards Go Dark for Earth Hour

By Tom Liddy | April 1, 2012 11:12am

MANHATTAN — The Great White Way got a little darker Saturday night as the lights were dimmed for Earth Hour.

Billboards in Times Square, the lights on 1 World Trade Center as well as the Empire State Building's glowing tip were shut down at 8:30 p.m. in the annual global display of conservation.

Among the buildings around the world that took part in the event were the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and Japan's Tokyo Tower, according to Agence France-Presse.

This year's event, intended to raise awareness about climate change, was observed from the International Space Station.

Hundreds of millions of people from 135 countries participated in last year's Earth Hour, according to organizers.