This is when Earth Hour begins in Oman today

View of Cape Town and the harbour at sunrise

People around the world are set to turn off their lights on Saturday evening for Earth Day, acknowledging the threat that climate change poses to our planet.

Started by the World Wildlife Fund, it takes place this year on March 30, from 8:30 p.m.to 9:30 p.m. local time. It is easy to put your hands up and say the stakes are stacked against us, or they are too high to try.

WWF said people living today were the first generation to experience the effects of climate change and the last to be able to change it, while the planet is also experiencing plastic pollution and deforestation.

Millions of people are expected to participate this year in more than 180 countries.

Dozens of companies around the world have said they will join in this year's switch-off. Every action we take impacts life around us, and increasingly those impacts are harmful.

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The victory clearly meant a lot to the 36-year-old, who will bring the curtain down on his career at the Madrid Open. Ferrer will next face 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe who fought past Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6 (6) 7-6 (5).

Landmarks including Big Ben in London, Egypt's Great Pyramids, Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue, the Sydney Opera House, the Colosseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Burj Khalifa in Dubai and New York City's Empire State Building have all taken part in going dark.

Those who would like to do more than sit at home during earth hour have been invited to a nighttime picnic officiated by MMC for development planning Reuben Masango.

A general view of the Marina Bay Sands hotel and resort are seen with the lights turned off during the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Singapore on March 30, 2019.

What can I do during the Earth hour? People around the world are participating in a movement called Earth Hour. Dr. Rebecca Elliot, assistant professor in the department of sociology whose research focuses on viewing climate change as an economic problem, highlighted to Newsweek: "The kinds of challenges we face demand collective, rather than individual, solutions: transformations to our infrastructure, supply chains, energy systems, and economic institutions".

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