Much of Spain to go dark for Earth Hour

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A TOTAL of 125 Spanish cities have so far pledged to turn off the lights on emblematic buildings for the ninth Earth Hour on March 28.

WWF, the organisation behind the worldwide lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change, has announced that buildings including the cathedral in Leon, the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca, the hanging houses and Hoz del Huecar in Cuenca, the Avila walls and the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña will be taking part.

Cataluña is the region which has so far promised to plunge the most municipal buildings into darkness, especially in Lleida and Girona.

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Millions of people across the world are asked by WWF to turn off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm on the day as part of a campaign to raise awareness on the effect energy consumption has on climatic change.

“Cities’ implication is of particular importance this year, a key year for climatic change, when we hope an agreement is reached at the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris,” General Secretary of the WWF in Spain, Juan Carlos del Olmo, said.

WWF saw a record-breaking number of participants in Earth Hour last year, with more than 160 countries across the world taking part.

In Spain, more than 260 cities including all provincial capitals turned off the lights on emblematic buildings during the hour.

Buildings in more than 7,000 cities in the world took part with monuments including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Niagara Falls, St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and the Athens Acropolis.

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