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File photo of the Las Vegas Strip during Earth Hour 2012. (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

File photo of the Las Vegas Strip during Earth Hour 2012. (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Las Vegas casinos, along with many of the world’s landmarks, will go dark to observe Earth Hour on Saturday.

The annual event that began in 2007 is now being observed in more than seven-thousand cities worldwide.

Organizers say the environmentally symbolic event is aimed at calling attention to the critical problem of climate change.

Critics argue Earth hour shouldn’t be considered an environmental activity, claiming there will be no tangible results.

Sixteen properties on the Strip will be participating, including Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York, Palazzo, Vdara, and the Venetian.

Observances are held at 8:30 p.m. local time, in each participating city.

More information is available online at the Earth Hour website.

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