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Dozens of Russian cities to join in clicking off lights for Earth Hour

March 23, 18:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The lights in 1,700 buildings will be turned off in Moscow

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MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. More than 120 Russian cities will join the Earth Hour environmental lights-off campaign on March 25, Director for Environmental Protection Policy of the World Wildlife Fund Russia Yevgeny Schwarz said on Thursday.

"If the Moscow [nature protection] department had not joined the campaign in its first year, these 125 cities across our boundless homeland from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Murmansk and Arkhangelsk would not have taken part in the event," Schwarz explained.

The lights in 1,700 buildings will be turned off in Moscow, which has taken part in Earth Hour since 2009, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In 2016, Moscow saved 241 MW of power as it turned off the lights during the global energy saving occasion.

Earth Hour is an international event during which the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) calls on organizations and individuals to turn off non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol to their commitment to the planet. Illumination of well-known buildings and memorials worldwide is turned off during that period.

The event kicked off in Sydney, Australia in 2007 for the first time.

Last year, 2 billion people from 178 countries took part in the event, among them were 22 million Russians.

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