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President and Sabina Higgins mark Earth Hour 2019

Date: Thu 28th Mar, 2019 | 16:08

As in previous years, President and Sabina Higgins will mark Earth Hour on Saturday 30 March.

During Earth Hour, all non-essential lights in Áras an Uachtaráin will be switched off, with the exception of the President's "light in the window" for the diaspora. 

Announcing the initiative, President Higgins said: 

“Sabina and I have asked that the lights at Áras an Uachtaráin will be switched off during Earth Hour, to highlight the need for action on climate change and to encourage the generation of hope in mankind’s ability to affect meaningful change.

Earth Hour is a symbolic moment, inviting all of the people of our planet to unite in considering our collective impact on planet Earth, and to make a commitment to undertaking simple energy-conserving acts. 

The symbolic act of switching off the lights is also an invitation to celebrate the wonders of the natural world, and an act that seeks to inspire people to take action to protect our vulnerable planet. 

In a unique way, the darkness of Earth Hour shines a proverbial light on the collective power of our individual actions, and on the importance of urgent action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.”