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WWF hopes this public support will convince governments across the world to agree to take effective action to tackle climate change, when they meet at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December.

Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, said: "WWF's Earth Hour promises to be the biggest show of support ever for action on climate change.

"By signing up to switch their lights off, millions of people will be showing world leaders that they care about tackling climate change.

"This is a simple way for people to show their support for strong action on climate change."


What does WWF stand for?
WWF originally stood for "World Wildlife Fund". However, in 1986, WWF had come to realize that its name no longer reflected the scope of its activities, and changed its name to "World Wide Fund For Nature". The United States and Canada, however, retained the old name.

The resulting confusion caused by the name change in 1986, together with its translation into more than 15 languages, led the WWF Network in 2001 to agree on using the original acronym as its one, global name - the acronym that it had always been known by since its inception way back in 1961: "WWF".

What is WWF's mission?
WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world’s biological diversityensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainablepromoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

In pictures: Earth Hour

Skyline of Sydney, Australia

More than 3,400 cities worldwide are taking part in Earth Hour, turning off their lights for one hour at 2030 local time in protest against climate change.

New Zealand parliament building, Wellington
New Zealand was one of the first countries to take part, with government buildings switching off all but the most essential lighting.

Concert in Auckland Civic Square, New Zealand - photo Earth Hour
In Auckland, the country's biggest city, revelers turned the event into a celebration with a candlelit concert.

Candles in Fiji - Photo Earth Hour
Sydney's Luna Park

Melbourne Skyline - Photo Earth Hour

Large parts of Sydney, Australia, home to the first Earth Hour two years ago, went dark. Campaigners aim to create a huge wave of public pressure to force a new climate change treaty. Melbourne was one of hundreds of Australian municipalities taking part.

Bird's Nest stadium, Beijing - Photo Earth Hour
The normally glittering Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing looked distinctly grey.

Bank of China, HSBC building and others in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's financial district was plunged into near darkness.

Parliament lit as usual (left) and an unlit Parliament during Earth Hour
And in London, the Houses of Parliament, as well as the London Eye, Canary Wharf, the Gherkin and the BT Tower, switched their lights off.

An Indonesian family sits near candles as lights are turned off during a candlelight vigil marking Earth Hour at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia.