WATCH: Lights being switched off across the globe for Earth Hour

WATCH: Lights being switched off across the globe for Earth Hour WWF

THIS year marks the tenth anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, the largest grassroots environmental event on the planet.

At 8.30pm this evening, hundreds of millions of people in over 170 countries around the globe will switch off their lights for one hour to demonstrate that they want to protect Earth and raise awareness of climate change.

In London, Big Ben, Harrods, the BT Tower and the Gherkin are among the many famous buildings taking part, while the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Bangkok Grand Palace and other international landmarks will also be plunged into darkness.

In Spain, more than 350 municipalities, 200 organisations and 150 big companies have signed up, with events being organised in Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Marmolejo (Jaén), Villablino (León), Zaragoza, La Laguna (Tenerife), Guadalajara, and Madrid.

Earth Hour is not about saving energy during the blackout hour, rather aiming to draw attention to issues that are largely ignored by many media outlets, while inspiring people to live more sustainably.

"We started Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about," says Siddarth Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour Global.

"For that symbolic moment to turn into the global movement it is today, is really humbling and speaks volumes about the powerful role of people in issues that affect their lives."

The WWF says that participants can do whatever they wish provided the lights are out, and has even compiled a list of 60 things to do in the dark.

If taking part, you can register on the official website, and check out what’s happening around the world via interactive maps.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
0 Characters
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Poll of the Week

Should Spain introduce payments for the return of plastic bottles in the war against environmental pollution?

Create World News Alert

Do you want to be the first to receive our latest news from World News? Subscribe here.

Latest Tweets

#EasyJet flight from Spain forced to make #emergency landing in UK
Duke and Duchess of #Cambridge expecting third child in April #baby
#WEATHER ALERTS: Rain in #Spain, thunderstorms and plummeting temperatures too!
Follow Euro Weekly News on Twitter

Post Gallery

CHECK YOUR WALLETS! €20 banknote could see you win big in Spain

More travel misery forecast in Spain as French strike again

Best workouts for a happy, healthy heart

Airport strike threat in Spain called off after  unions reach deal ‘in principle’

Costa de Almeria 05– 11 October 2017 Issue 1683

Brexit may hurt expat pensions as UK needs new insurance agreement

WATCH: Fundraising appeal for mother and son  cancer sufferers in southern Spain

Buzz off! Tiger mosquitoes spreading on Costa del Sol