Swansea Labour is throwing its full support behind Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27.
Swansea residents are being urged to support the spectacular Earth Hour lights-out event to celebrate the planet and the need to protect it.
At 8.30pm on Saturday week, Swansea Council’s Guildhall and Civic Centre will join forces with millions of households and communities to show support for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) event.
Labour Cllr Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council’s joint deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, energy and service transformation, said she hoped residents will be part of this world-wide phenomenon as well.
She said: “We are proud to take part in Earth Hour again this year. The council is playing its part all year round by declaring a climate emergency, re-doubling our work to reduce our carbon footprint and aiming to make the council a net zero carbon organisation by 2030.
“We want to make the city net zero by 2050.
“The lights going out at our Civic Centre, the Guildhall, as well as homes across the city, sends a powerful message about just how much we all care about the environment in Swansea. That’s why it has become such a special an important event here each year.
“We hope residents of all ages will join in in their own way whether its youngsters switching off their games consoles or families turning off the TV, or people going the whole way and turning all their lights out.
“It’s important because it makes us think about our environment and how we all have a role in protecting our planet for generations to come.”
And Matt Jones and Hannah Lawson, who will be fighting the Llansamlet and Castle ward by-elections respectively for Labour on May 6th, highlighted the importance of marking Earth Hour.
“The lights out for earth hour is a great way for everyone to show support and to highlight what climate change is doing to our communities, cities and countries around the world,” said Jones.
“We must act to try and reverse the damage that has already been done to safeguard for future generations.”
And Lawson said: “I’m glad to see Swansea Council taking part in Earth Hour – I will be doing the same.
“It’s an opportunity to reflect on our consumption, waste and the small things we can each do to fight climate change that all make a difference.”
Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year.
Everyone can sign up for WWF’s Earth Hour 2021. For more information and to sign up please visit wwf.org.uk/earthhour