LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Many popular landmarks, including Santa Monica’s world-famous Ferris wheel, went dark Saturday for Earth Hour.

The annual call for energy conservation was also observed at Los Angeles International Airport, where the illuminated 100-foot-tall pylons marking the entrance were turned off starting at 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered that all non-essential lights be turned off for Earth Hour, including those at City Hall, and the mayor’s Getty House residence. He also called on residents to take part in the observance, according to City News Service.

“Reducing energy consumption reduces pollution and the strain on our utility infrastructure,” Garcetti said. “While it will take more than an hour to solve climate change, by joining this movement we send a strong message that Angelenos care about the health of their city, their environment and the globe.”

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

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