Posted: Thu 17th Mar 2016

Darkness For 60 Minutes As Part Of Earth Hour

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 17th, 2016

It’s just days to go before Swansea will be plunged into darkness for 60 minutes as part of Earth Hour 2016. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea Council is leading the way on Saturday night at 8.30pm by switching off the lights in civic buildings such as Guildhall and Civic Centre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Schools, businesses, and individuals across the city have also signed up to support March 19th’s spectacular Earth Hour lights-out event to celebrate the planet and the need to protect it. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said he hoped residents would be part of this stunning world-wide phenomenon. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He said: “Earth Hour gives people the opportunity to think about what climate change means and what they can do to protect the world for future generations. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Lights going out at our Civic Centre and council offices in the Guildhall alongside people taking part in schools and homes across the city will show the world that Swansea cares about its wonderful environment too.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Jennifer Clements, spokesperson for WWF-UK, said: “We’re thrilled that Swansea Council will be taking part in WWF’s Earth Hour this year and hope that they’ll inspire many others to get involved. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“By taking one simple step to switch off, WWF’s Earth Hour is a chance for all of us to come together and send out a global message about protecting our planet.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Over the last decade, WWF’s Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In 2015, Swansea Council’s Guildhall and Civic Centre joined some of world’s most famous buildings including Big Ben, Hong Kong’s skyline and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the global celebration. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea residents and schools were among the 10 million people and over 4,800 education centres which took part. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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