May 26, 2018

Lights out at Bangor University for Earth Hour 2018

25 March 2018, 12:50 | Francis Delgado

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides mass at the EDSA Shrine to celebrate the feast day of the Our Lady of EDSA which also marks the 32nd Anniversary of the People Power Revolution

Earth Hour is a movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (called World Wildlife Fund in Canada).

"Since Earth Hour started, it's made me more conscious of how much power I'm using", she told AFP. Switching off all unnecessary lights for one hour on Saturday, 24 March is a symbolic gesture.

The hotels will turn off lights on their exterior walls and also encourage guests to gather in public areas.

The Earth Hour is an annual observance which seeks to bring attention to environmental conservation and climate change. "We are losing not only our battle against climate change, but also our battle against the collapse of biodiversity", he said on Twitter.

Celebrating Earth Hour 2018, people in Delhi NCR on Saturday pledges to adopt environment-friendly modes of transport like cycling, walking and carpooling whenever possible.

"Climate change is a major threat to the stability of the planet and our livelihood and society, but climate change is only a component of the broader ecological crisis", Marco Lambertini, general secretary of Earth Hour organizers World Wildlife Fund, said.

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Other global landmarks that will take part include New York's Empire State Building.

In 2007, almost 2.2 million residents and more than 2,100 businesses switched off lights and electrical appliances for an hour.

Everyone can support WWF's Earth Hour 2018.

"This Earth Hour, we want to shine a light on the importance of biodiversity and nature".

Several countries turn the lights off at national landmarks for the occasion; in the past the UK's Tower Bridge, Italy's Coliseum and France's Eiffel Tower have gone dark. The support of Earth Hours and WWF's work more broadly has influenced climate policy, facilitated climate-friendly laws, such as a ban on plastic in the Galapagos Islands and supported the world's first Earth Hour forest in Uganda.

In Christchurch, New Zealand, the city saw a 13 per cent drop in electricity demand during the hour.

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