Minister Hogan Encourages Participation in Earth Hour

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil
Hogan T.D, today 30 March 2012, outlined his support for Earth Hour 2012.
The Minister said, ”Earth Hour is a unique worldwide initiative that allows
people to express their support for the protection and improvement of our
environment. It’s a demonstration that the solution to environmental
issues must involve governments, businesses and individuals all working
together towards the common goal of a better environment. I would encourage
Irish people to show their support for Earth Hour again this year.”

Earth Hour takes place on Saturday night 31 March between 8.30pm and
9:30pm. It is a global initiative which aims to highlight the need for
action to tackle the world’s environmental challenges, including climate
change. Last year hundreds of millions of people in more than 5,000 cities
and towns worldwide switched off their lights for one hour to demonstrate
their support for the protection of the environment.

Iconic landmarks around the world will go dark for one hour on Saturday
night including: Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire
State Building. They will be joined in Ireland by many public buildings
and national monuments.

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