Hackney switches off for Earth Hour
At 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March 2017, Hackney Council will switch off its lights for one hour in solidarity with millions people across the planet as part of the World Wide Fund for Nature’s ‘Earth Hour’.
Hackney Town Hall will join other buildings across the world, including the Eiffel Tower and Buckingham Palace, in being plunged into darkness to highlight the urgency of taking action on man-made global warming and its climate change consequences.
The scale of the challenge presented by climate change is unprecedented in human history. The planet is now the warmest it has been for 115,000 years, when sea levels were 20-30 feet higher; the atmosphere has the highest concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide for 800,000 years; and we’ve just experienced the hottest year on record for the third year in a row. Meanwhile, warming oceans are threatening the existence of natural marvels, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and 1 in 6 species face extinction from climate change. The World Meteorological Society recently declared that man-made climate change is now taking us into “unchartered territory”.
Now is the time to call for rapid global action on climate change. Earth Hour will bring millions together across the world in a symbolic show of unity to remind people that, if we work together, positive change is possible.
To mark the global event, the Council will be switching off lights at Hackney Town Hall and Town Hall Square at 8.30pm on Saturday for one hour.
Hackney Council is working towards a future when every hour is Earth Hour, and renewable energy and energy efficiency, resource conservation, and management of our natural environment are central to the way people in Hackney live their lives. In the meantime, Earth Hour is a symbolic display of the power of collective action to change the world for the better.
Hackney is proud to be part of the movement that calls for greater and swifter action on climate change. Everyone can make a difference, and I would encourage all of our residents and businesses to get involved and switch off their lights to show your support for climate change action.
Everyone can join the celebration of WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March 2017. For more information and to sign up, please visit www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour. You can also spread the word online by using #EarthhourUK to show your support.