LIGHTS on the iconic Eastgate Clock in Chester will be switched off for one hour on Saturday as part of a global campaign to combat climate change.
Every year Earth Hour brings together communities from across the world celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) will turn off the architectural lighting on the Eastgate Clock for one hour to show its support for the campaign.
Homes and businesses across the world will turn off non-essential lights at 8.30pm in a call for greater efforts to deal with climate change.
Lights will go out on buildings around the world including Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Clarence House, the Eiffel Tower, Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer and the Empire State Building.
More than 100,000 people and businesses across the UK are expected to take part in Earth Hour, which is led by environment charity World Wildlife Fund.
Cllr Hugo Deynem, the council’s champion for climate change, said: “I am extremely pleased we at CWaC are actively supporting Earth Hour 2013 through turning the lights off on our iconic Eastgate Clock this weekend.
“Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses, local and central governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, and to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world, what 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.”