This weekend, turn out your lights for Earth Hour 2017 – Climate Action Programme

A global blackout will take place this Saturday 25 March for Earth Hour 2017, which will see some of the world’s best known landmarks disappear from city skylines.

World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Earth Hour – now in its tenth year – is the world’s largest demonstration of support for action on climate change.

Earth Hour was founded by WWF in Sydney in 2007, and is designed to increase awareness about energy consumption and environmental issues including rising temperatures and destruction of habitats on a global scale.

In 2016, millions around the world across 178 countries came together to show support for action to protect our planet.

350 major landmarks throughout the world, including the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and Buckingham Palace turned off their lights in support last year.

In the UK, almost 10.5 million took part in the global blackout.

Paris was named the Global Earth Hour Capital for 2016 for is long-term vision in climate action as well as its commitment to sustainability within business, civil society and other global cities, to which it has become a role model thanks in part to holding COP21 in 2015.

The WWF Earth Hour seeks to encourage people to actively pursue a more sustainable lifestyle to reduce their carbon footprint and energy consumption.

By turning off your lights for one hour at 8:30pm (GMT) on Saturday 25 March 2017, you will be taking part in demonstrating the need for commitment to the future of our climate.