24 stunning photos of cities around the world turning their lights off to make a point.

On March 19, dozens of countries around the world observed the 10th annual "Earth Hour."

Famous landmarks around the world — and millions of private citizens — turned off their lights for 60 minutes at night to create stunning, rarely seen images of their cities.

1. Here's the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, with its lights on...


The Parthenon, lights on. Photo by Panagiotis Tzamaros/Getty Images.

2. ...and off.

The Parthenon, lights off. Photo by Panagiotis Tzamaros/Getty Images.

3. The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, look plenty majestic all lit up.

Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers, lights on. Photo by Mohd Rafsan/Getty Images.

4. And young-adult-novel-dystopia eerie in the dark.

Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers, lights off. Photo by Mohd Rafsan/Getty Images.

5. The lights on Big Ben and Britain's Houses of Parliament were also switched off for Earth Hour.

London's Big Ben and Parliament buildings, lights on. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/Getty Images.

6. Which made the complex look not unlike it had been overrun by dark wizards.

London's Big Ben and Parliament buildings, lights off. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/Getty Images.

7. Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia...

The Sydney Opera House, lights on. Photo by William West/Getty Images.

8. ...in order to bring attention to the threat of global climate change...

The Sydney Opera House, lights off. Photo by William West/Getty Images.

9. ...and convince the world to heed the warnings about imminent global catastrophe from scientists, activists, and religious groups — notably the Vatican.

The Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica, lights on. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images.

10. Pope Francis has said, of climate change, "Any harm done to the environment ... is harm done to humanity.”

The Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica, lights off. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images.

11. In the nine years since the first Earth Hour, the event has expanded to include iconic landmarks around the world, like this — the famous "Chain Bridge" in Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest's Chain Bridge, lights on. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images.

12. Though it's been frustratingly slow at times, some actual, real-life headway on climate change has been made since then.

Budapest's Chain Bridge, lights off. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images.

13. Especially in Paris, where a historic climate pact was signed in December.

Paris' Eiffel Tower, lights on. Photo by Ludovic Marin/Getty Images.

14. 195 countries reached the landmark agreement together...

Paris' Eiffel Tower, lights off. Photo by Ludovic Marin/Getty Images.

15. ...including top polluters the United States and China. Shanghai (pictured below) was a 2016 Earth Hour participant.

Shanghai, China, lights on. Photo by Johannes Eisele/Getty Images.

16. The agreement commits the nations that signed to take immediate action in order to limit total global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.

Shanghai, China, lights off. Photo by Johannes Eisele/Getty Images.

17. Critics of Earth Hour have knocked the annual event for being more symbol than substance. After all, what does it matter if the Wat Arun in Bangkok, (below) turns off its lights for a few minutes?

Bangkok's Wat Arun, lights on. Photo by Christophe Archambault/Getty Images.

18. After the lights go back on, polluters will still pollute, politicians will still stall and delay, and nothing will change. At least not right away.

Bangkok's Wat Arun, lights off. Photo by Christophe Archambault/Getty Images.

19. But when young people gathered around the Trevi Fountain in Rome...

The Trevi Fountain, Rome, lights on. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images.

20. ...which really shows its age in the dark...

The Trevi Fountain, Rome, lights off. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images.

21. ...and business people in downtown Jakarta, Indonesia, see the lights go out and...

Downtown Jakarta, lights on. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/Getty Images.

22. ...we're all thinking about are how our actions and the fate of the planet we all have no choice but to keep living on are connected...

Downtown Jakarta, lights off. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/Getty Images.

23. ...it's enough to give you hope that the world is maybe, finally, getting it. Yes, it is only a small symbolic gesture. But seeing the National Stadium in Beijing (below) go dark for an hour isn't nothing.

Beijing's National Stadium, lights on. Photo by Wang Zhao/Getty Images.

24. It's progress. And if we can coordinate something like Earth Hour at a dozen of the world’s most famous landmarks, then surely we can coordinate more meaningful change too.

Beijing's National Stadium, lights off. Photo by Wang Zhao/Getty Images.

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Should a man lose his home because the grass in his yard grew higher than 10 inches? The city of Dunedin, Florida seems to think so.

According to the Institute of Justice, which is representing Jim Ficken, he had a very good reason for not mowing his lawn – and tried to rectify the situation as best he could.

In 2014, Jim's mom became ill and he visited her often in South Carolina to help her out. When he was away, his grass grew too long and he was cited by a code office; he cut the grass and wasn't fined.

France has started forcing supermarkets to donate food instead of throwing it away.

But several years later, this one infraction would come back to haunt him after he left to take care of him's mom's affairs after she died. The arrangements he made to have his grass cut fell through (his friend who he asked to help him out passed away unexpectedly) and that set off a chain reaction that may result in him losing his home.

The 69-year-old retiree now faces a $29,833.50 fine plus interest. Watch the video to find out just what Jim is having to deal with.

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The world officially loves Michelle Obama.

The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world's most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire.

In the men's category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed by Barack Obama and Jackie Chan.

In the women's category, Michelle Obama came first, followed by Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie. Obama pushed Jolie out of the number one spot she claimed last year.

Unsurprising, really, because what's not to love about Michelle Obama? She is smart, kind, funny, accomplished, a great dancer, a devoted wife and mother, and an all-around, genuinely good person.

She has remained dignified and strong in the face of rabid masses of so-called Americans who spent eight years and beyond insisting that she's a man disguised as a woman. She's endured non-stop racist memes and terrifying threats to her family. She has received far more than her fair share of cruelty, and always takes the high road. She's the one who coined, "When they go low, we go high," after all.

She came from humble beginnings and remains down to earth despite becoming a familiar face around the world. She's not much older than me, but I still want to be like Michelle Obama when I grow up.

Her memoir, Becoming, may end up being the best-selling memoir of all time, having already sold 10 million copies—a clear sign that people can't get enough Michelle, because there's no such thing as too much Michelle.

Don't like Michelle Obama? Don't care. Those of us who love her will fly our MO flags high and without apology, paying no mind to folks with cold, dead hearts who don't know a gem of a human being when they see one. There is nothing any hater can say or do to make us admire this undeniably admirable woman any less.

When it seems like the world has lost its mind—which is how it feels most days these days—I'm just going to keep coming back to this study as evidence that hope for humanity is not lost.

Here. Enjoy some real-life Michelle on Jimmy Kimmel. (GAH. WHY IS SHE SO CUTE AND AWESOME. I can't even handle it.)

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What will future generations never believe that we tolerated in 2019?

Dolphin and orca captivity, for sure. They'll probably shake their heads at how people died because they couldn't afford healthcare. And, they'll be completely mystified at the amount of food some people waste while others go starving.

According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

There are so many things wrong with this.

First of all it's a waste of money for the households who throw out good food. Second, it's a waste of all of the resources that went into growing the food, including the animals who gave their lives for the meal. Third, there's something very wrong with throwing out food when one in eight Americans struggle with hunger.

Supermarkets are just as guilty of this unnecessary waste as consumers. About 10% of all food waste are supermarket products thrown out before they've reached their expiration date.

Three years ago, France took big steps to combat food waste by making a law that bans grocery stores from throwing away edible food.According to the new ordinance, stores can be fined for up to $4,500 for each infraction.

Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

"There was one food manufacturer that was not authorized to donate the sandwiches it made for a particular supermarket brand. But now, we get 30,000 sandwiches a month from them — sandwiches that used to be thrown away," Jacques Bailet, head of the French network of food banks known as Banques Alimentaires, told NPR.

It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

"The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," the organization said according to Gizmodo. "If you're having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that's not good for anybody."

Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

However, just because something may be socialist doesn't mean it's wrong. The greater wrong is the insane waste of money, damage to the environment, and devastation caused by hunger that can easily be avoided.

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The world is dark and full of terrors, but every once in a while it graces us with something to warm our icy-cold hearts. And that is what we have today, with a single dad who went viral on Twitter after his daughter posted the photos he sent her when trying to pick out and outfit for his date. You love to see it.




After seeing these heartwarming pics, people on Twitter started suggesting this adorable man date their moms. It was essentially a mom and date matchmaking frenzy.

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