Peru cities take part in Earth Hour 2009

Israel Ruiz

Millions of Peruvian households turned off their lights on March 28 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. and showed they were aware and concerned about global warming by taking part in this year’s Earth Hour.

Parts of Lima went completely dark as certain areas took the initiative to commit to the planet and show their concerns over the effects of global warming and climate change, said RPP news.

Setting the example, the Government Palace along with the Cathedral of Lima and the Municipality of Lima were the first to turn off their lights, reported RPP.

It was reported that the global event put up its strongest numbers in the three-year history of Earth Hour.

In all, nearly 1,000 global landmarks went dark for an hour, including New York’s Empire State Building, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the dome of St. Peters in the Vatican and the Christ the Redeemer statue on Mount Corcovado overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, reported eWeek.com.

While official data has not been released, it is believed that approximately 53 million people in 371 cities in 35 countries participated.

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