Wednesday 18 October 2017

Earth Hour gets dim response from public

Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

THE Irish public failed to switch off the lights at the weekend and get behind Earth Hour, the worldwide initiative designed to promote energy conservation.

Everyone was asked to turn off the lights at 8.30pm on Saturday to highlight climate change, in an annual event that began in Australia four years ago.

But Eirgrid, which tracks electricity demand in Ireland, said there was no significant drop in electricity usage during the designated hour.

A spokesman for the company said that while many people would have kept their TVs on to watch the Ireland and Macedonia game, there was little impact on demand.

Friends of the Irish Environment, which co-ordinated Earth Hour in Ireland for the World Wildlife Fund, said yesterday that interest in the initiative was down by more than a third this year compared with 2010.

To support the event, lights were turned off at a number of locations around the country on Saturday evening including Government Buildings, Leinster House and the Four Courts.

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