Czech Republic marks first Earth Hour Saturday evening

Lights will go out for an hour on Saturday evening in towns across the Czech Republic when the country marks Earth Hour for the first time. Brno, Ústí nad Labem and Česká Lípa are some of the cities that be turning off non-essential lighting on monuments, advertisements and elsewhere at 8.30 p.m., in a symbolic event to draw attention to energy waste. Some 125 countries around the world will be participating, dozens more than last year. Brno’s Špilberk castle and the UNESCO town of Telč will thus join the Eiffel Tower in Paris, China’s Forbidden City and the Egyptian Pyramids in going dark for one hour.