Go Dark For Earth Hour

The world-famous Niagara Falls will be dark from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, in honor of Earth Hour, a global initiative aimed at drawing attention to the issue of climate change.

The event urges the turning off all non-essential light by individuals, businesses and organizations around the world.

Niagara Falls will be joined by other landmarks around the nation and the world, including Mount Rushmore, The Queen Mary, the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, The Eiffel Tower, Sydney's Opera House and the Great Pyramids of Gaza.

This is the fourth year of this event. In 2010, a record 128 countries and territories -- nearly 80 million people in the United States and nearly a billion around the world -- turned off their lights for an hour to recognize this event.

"Participating in Earth Hour is a tangible way that we can all take an hour and think about what we can do in our own lives to become better stewards of our planet," said Rose Harvey, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation commissioner.