The Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel and Los Angeles City Hall are among the iconic structures around the world that will go dark for 60 minutes Saturday evening in observance of the World Wildlife Fund’s annual Earth Hour call for energy conservation.
Many local landmarks will go dark beginning at 8:30 p.m., including the Gateway pylons at Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Angeles Convention Center and structures at UCLA and USC.
The pylons, which line 1.5 miles of Century Boulevard, and grow in height from 25 to 60 feet before culminating in a ring of 15, 100-foot columns at the entrance to LAX, will be lit green before going dark, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., in unison with lights at other city-owned buildings, said Frederick Badlissi, a public information officer at LAX.
“Earth Hour is an opportunity for everyone to reduce their own carbon footprints with just the flip of a switch or the unplugging of a charger, and Los Angeles World Airports is pleased to join in this effort,” said Sean Burton, President of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners.
In Santa Monica, the solar-powered Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier will fade to black, with the exception of wheel-rim safety lighting.
Among the worldwide landmarks that are also set to go dark for the event, at 8:30 local time in each time zone, are the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament in London and the Acropolis in Greece.
International Earth Day began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 with a single, lights-off event. Since then, the occasion has grown into an observance recognized in more than 7,000 cities in 187 countries and territories with thousands of monuments turning off their lights in 2017.