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The Adeje council will turn off the lights on the main municipal buildings at 8.30 during Earth Hour

Lights on the main municipal buildings in Adeje will be turned off for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, for Earth Hour, a campaign run by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) around the world. “We in Adeje are united in supporting this symbolic gesture against climate change. Our commitment to the environment is solid, and we are delighted to join in this worldwide movement as we have done annually over the last five years”, commented Adeje’s environment councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas.

Earth Hour was started in 2007 in Sydney Australia on March 31st. The following October San Francisco ran a Lights Out programme inspired by the Sydney Earth Hour, and thereafter the organisers decided to rally behind the international event planned for 2008. Adeje joined in 2012 and has marked the event ever since. Over the years Earth Hour supporters have successfully advocated for more climate-friendly laws and policies, such as those that have banned plastic in the World Heritage site of the Galapagos Islands.

This year in Adeje floodlights along Troya and Fañabe beach will be switched off as will the lighting by the Farmers Market, and Fort House, sports centres, cultural centres, council offices etc., and they will be dimmed in other municipal zones such as parks and tourist areas.

The council is also inviting the public to take part in the initiative to join together with the rest of the world in calling for “a change to climate change”. The councillor said, “Every gesture counts, and brings together the small changes individuals are making in their lives to build a future based on clean energies to benefit the planet”.

Globally the WWF brings together 7 thousand towns and cities to demonstrate together against the climate change.

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The Adeje council will turn off their lights tomorrow (March 19th) night between 8.30pm and 9.30pm as part of the WWF Earth Hour, a global moment of solidarity for climate action.

“Here in Adeje we are making this symbolic gesture against climate change. Our commitment to the environment is resolute and we are 100% behind this global movement”, commented Adeje’s environment councillor Esther Rivero Vargas.

Earth Hour was first celebrated in 2007 and Adeje began its involvement in 2012, and have continued to be part of the event every year since. The lights outside the Casa Fuerto (the old Fort), the sports centres, the borough’s culture centres, and the CDTCA will be switched off and in public parks they will be dimmed only, for security reasons.

The council is invited everyone to take part in the initiative, as together the peoples of the world can speak with a stronger voice. “Every single gesture, every individual’s contribution, every small action, if taken by millions of people, will help build a future based on clean energies and with a healthier planet”, said Rivero Vargas.

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Adeje Environment Councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas

Adeje Environment Councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas

Adeje’s councillor for the environment, Esther Rivero Vargas, has said that yet again Adeje will be taking part in the world-wide Earth Hour initiative, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), with the aim of encouraging moves to reduce CO2 emissions around the plant.

The councillor explained, “the Earth Hour project works to help the world’s population fight against climate change, and here the public bodies have taken the project on board, and in Adeje we will be turning off the lights in many public buildings.”

She continued, “anyone who would like to join in the scheme can do so voluntarily – all you have to do is turn off your lights on March 29th”.

Earth Hours is a world-wide event, and takes place next Saturday, March 29th. From 8.30pm to 9.30pm the lights on many public council buildings including the Town Hall, the outside of the Casa Fuerte, the tax and tourism office, sports centres and the exterior lighting on the CDTCA will be turned off. In other buildings such as the Local Police central office and in public parks lights will be turned down during the same hour.

“This initiative now has the support of over 100 countries and more than 7,000 cities and towns”, said Esther Rivero Vargas, “and in the Canaries six towns, including Adeje”.

The council is also asking the public to take part by turning off those lights that they can during the hour in question as a symbolic gesture which could have global benefits.