LAX, Santa Monica Pier Goes Dark For Earth Hour

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The iconic pylons at LAX will go dark on Saturday night as part of an international movement to raise awareness of climate change and encourage energy conservation.

The LAX masts will turn green on Saturday night before going dark from 8:30pm to 9:30pm

LAX is one of hundreds of landmarks and cities around the world that participate in International Earth Hour. The annual event encourages people and businesses to turn off non-essential lighting for an hour in support of global climate efforts. The demonstration began in Australia in 2007 and has since expanded around the world.

The Los Angeles International Airport pylons are located 2.5 miles from Century Boulevard and range in height from 25 to 100 feet. The entrance to LAX has a ring of 30 meter high pylons.

LAX said it is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and has plans to use only renewable energy and produce zero carbon emissions by 2045. It has also started the process to reduce energy consumption and modernize buildings on the site with increased use of solar panels, improved water extraction and the installation of charging points for electric vehicles.

LAX won’t be the only landmark structure to go dark during Earth Hour. The Ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier will go dark during the same time as the LAX pylons.

It’s Pacific Park’s latest attempt at Santa Monica Pier to reduce its energy impact. The Pacific Wheel is already the world’s only fully solar-powered Ferris wheel, and a strong carnival game on the pier is powered entirely by wind.

Both LAX and the Pacific Wheel, along with the Eiffel Tower, Parthenon and Sydney Opera House, will go dark for Earth Hour.

Essential lighting needed for public safety will not go out during the Earth Hour event, organizers said.

For more information about Earth Hour, click here.

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