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Lights go out in Earth Hour

Lights go out in Earth Hour

Iconic global monuments, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France; the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia; the Acropolis in Athens, Greece; and the Opera House in Sydney, Australia plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change.

The Philippines had a key role in the Paris conference that ended with the adoption of the Climate Change agreement in December, 2015. The country led a Climate Vulnerable Forum campaign to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, not just 2 degrees as was ultimately decided in the conference. As the Philippines had been hit by the strongest typhoon ever to hit land – Yolanda in November, 2013 – its suffering was seen as a warning to the rest of the world.

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