Almeria marks Earth Hour with power blackout

LIGHTS OUT: The Cable Ingles, along with several other well-known buildings in Almeria, went dark ©Wikimedia Commons

ALMERIA CITY marked Saturday’s Earth Hour by turning off the lights in several of its most prominent buildings

The Mayor’s Officer, the city’s train station, the Cable Ingles, La Alcazaba and other sites all blacked out between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

Private companies such as the Cajamar bank also took part by turning off their lights at their branches in the city.

The switch off was part of an international campaign backed by the environmental NGO the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The group said in a statement that this year’s Earth Hour comes at a “critical moment” in the ongoing fight against climate change.

Lou Leonard, from WWF’s climate and energy division, said: “The decisions we make today have the ability to stave off the most dire impacts of climate change.

“Earth Hour reminds us that, together, we can ensure people and nature thrive for years to come.”

This year marks the fifth consecutively that the city has turned off its lights to mark Earth Hour, which originally began in Sydney 11 years ago. It was set up to promote awareness on climate change.

Lights were also cut for an hour in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and Valladolid.

Landmarks across the world including Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera house also went dark for the hour, according to the WWF.