UK landmarks will switch off lights tonight for Earth Hour

Landmarks across the UK will turn off lights on Saturday for this year’s Earth Hour.

The lights on famous buildings and structures across the country will go out on Saturday between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. as part of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) international event to take action to save the planet.

The Palace of Westminster is one of the UK landmarks participating in the initiative this year.

The aim is to highlight the effects of climate change, pollution, plastic and food production on the planet.

Parliament has been involved in the initiative since 2010.

Last year’s Earth Hour resulted in a 3.5% reduction in electricity requirements for the Palace of Westminster and Portcullis House.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “It is fantastic news that Parliament is once again attending Earth Hour, partnering with landmarks across the country and around the world to raise awareness about climate change.

“It shows our commitment to improving sustainability throughout the parliamentary estate and that we are doing our part to reduce energy consumption.”

In the past, the London Eye and the Shard, Cardiff Castle, Liverpool Cathedral, Old Trafford, Brighton Pier and the Eden Project have participated.

Launched by WWF in 2007, the event gets millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories to turn off lights to show their support for the planet.

This year it invites people to get the message across and post images online in its very first Earth Hour Virtual Spotlight.

A WWF statement said: “In 2021 world leaders will meet at major global conferences and forums to set the environmental agenda for the next decade and beyond.

“Decisive political decisions are made about climate protection, nature and sustainable development – decisions that will directly influence the fate of mankind and our planet in the years to come.”

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