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Lights will go out in Áras an Uachtaráin for Earth Hour this Saturday

Published 18/03/2016 | 17:49

Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The lights will go out in Áras an Uachtaráin this Saturday.

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President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina have asked that all non-essential lights in Áras an Uachtaráin will be switched off from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, to mark “Earth Hour.”

Earth Hour is a global moment of solidarity for climate action, when more than 350 of the world’s most iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House – and millions of homes around the world - prepare to switch off their lights.

President Michael D. Higgins said: “During Earth Hour, buildings around the world switch OFF their lights, encouraging people to switch ON their power to make a difference.

He added: "Earth Hour is a moment for us to highlight the importance of taking action to protect our vulnerable planet from the effects of climate change. We know what action needs to be taken and we have the global agreement, in the shape of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. What we need now is the will to make those agreements a lived reality.”

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