Eastgate Clock lights to be switched off for Earth Hour
18 March 2016The lights highlighting Chester’s iconic Eastgate Clock will be switched off for one hour tomorrow (Saturday) as part of a global campaign to combat climate change.
Towards the end of March every year, Earth Hour brings together communities from across the world celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off non-essential lights for one designated hour.
This Saturday, the lights will go out at more than 350 of the world’s most iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, Taipei 101 and the Sydney Opera House.
Cheshire West and Chester Council will turn off the architectural lighting at Chester’s Eastgate Clock for one hour at 8.30pm to show its support for the global campaign.
It is estimated that more than 100,000 people and businesses across the UK will participate in Earth Hour, which is led by environment charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Councillor Mark Henesy, Cabinet Member for Community and Environment, said: “I am pleased that Cheshire West and Chester Council is actively supporting Earth Hour 2016 through turning the lights off on the iconic Eastgate Clock.
“Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and local and central governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, and to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase the measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact.
“By switching off your lights for Earth Hour you can join the Council in demonstrating your commitment to do something more for the planet that goes beyond the hour.”