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Iconic Landmarks In SoCal To Go Dark For Earth Hour

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People gathered in a darkened Nokia Plaza at the LA Live entertainment complex hold candles in downtown Los Angeles on March 28, 2009 for a celebration to mark Earth Hour. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

People gathered in a darkened Nokia Plaza at the LA Live entertainment complex hold candles in downtown Los Angeles on March 28, 2009 for a celebration to mark Earth Hour. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Santa Monica’s world-famous Ferris wheel will be among several iconic landmarks to go dark on Saturday evening.

The energy-saving LED lights, with the exception of the wheel-rim safety lighting, will be turned off from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in observance of the World Wildlife Fund’s 7th annual Earth Hour.

“Pacific Park has made an ongoing commitment to participate in Earth Hour each year to help raise environmental awareness,” says Jeff Klocke, Vice President of Marketing and Administration at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

At Los Angeles International Airport, the illuminated 100-foot-tall pylons marking the entrance will glow solid green for one hour and will then go dark for an hour.

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) will also take part in the call for energy conservation by shutting off marquees, LED signs and other external lights at a total of 58 venues worldwide.

“We are very excited to continue the tradition of participating in Earth Hour for the 5th year in a row here at STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre and L.A. LIVE,” said Lee Zeidman, General Manager of STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre and L.A. LIVE in a statement released. “This program allows us and other high profile venues to show awareness and that we are committed to energy efficiency and sustainability in everything that we do as a sports and live entertainment district.”

Internationally, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament in London and the Acropolis in Greece will also go dark.

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