Monmouthshire County Council has announced its support once again for Earth Hour the annual, global celebration of the planet.

 At 8.30pm on Saturday 25th March, the council will join forces with landmarks across the globe like the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, Sydney Harbour Bridge and New York’s Times Square by switching off the lights at selected buildings.

 In 2017, Earth Hour marks its tenth year, and by taking part, Monmouthshire is showing its commitment to taking action to tackle climate change.

 To save energy throughout the whole year, the council already turns off lights in the vast majority of its buildings when not in use but the authority is making its Earth Hour matter by switching off at Monmouth’s Shire Hall and its Llanfoist and Five Lanes household waste recycling sites.

 Around half a million people in Wales participate in Earth Hour every year, and by taking part, they’re showing that they want to see action taken to tackle climate change now.

 Paul Matthews, Chief Executive of Monmouthshire County Council, said: “Monmouthshire County Council is very proud to support WWF’s Earth Hour once again this year.  Local authorities likes ours have a big role to play in tackling climate change, so we’re looking forward to turning off the lights at Shire Hall and our household waste recycling sites at 8.30pm on Saturday 25th March to demonstrate our support.”

Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru, added: “We’re delighted that Monmouthshire is supporting WWF’s Earth Hour again this year.  Climate change will have a massive effect on people’s lives here in Wales and around the world.  So it’s great that Welsh local authorities are throwing their weight behind the call for action to tackle it.

 “Everyone—from individuals and community groups, to schools and businesses — can sign up to Earth Hour by visiting www.wwf.org.uk/earthhourwales and switching off their lights at 8.30pm on Saturday 25th March 2017.”