Southampton residents, organisations and businesses are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour from 8.30pm and as part of the tenth Earth Hour, aimed at shining a light on climate action.
Labour Cllr Dave Shields, Cabinet Member for Health and Sustainable Living, said:
“Earth Hour 2017 is a great way to raise awareness of the impact of climate change and as a city, we are proud to play an important role in tackling this global issue. The time to act is now, every flick of a switch is a reminder that what we do today will define what we have tomorrow.
“Everyone from individuals to community groups to schools or businesses can get behind WWF’s Earth Hour 2017 which reminds us that together we can create the sustainable future we desire, and our children deserve.”
To make a stand for climate change, the Labour-led council will be switching off the lights at the Civic Centre and Clock Tower and will minimise access to One Guildhall Square to avoid setting off the motion lighting. The 02 Guildhall’s lights will turned off with the entrance lighting dimmed to allow just enough visibility for safe access.
We are also working with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE) and their subsidiary, Mayflower Control whose innovative Central Management System will enable switching off approximately fifteen thousand street lamps on traffic routes in Southampton’s residential areas.
There are many events taking place across the city to support Earth Hour 2017, including a candlelit gathering organised by Transition Southampton where residents are invited to bring along a candle in a lantern or jar and group together in the shape of a heart in Guildhall Square from 8pm for photos that will be uploaded to the Earth Hour website.
Earth Hour started as a single-city event in Sydney in 2007 and support has grown significantly over the last ten years with over 170 counties expected to take part this year. Earth Hour takes place for one hour on Saturday 25 March from 8.30pm local time.