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Spotlight on the borough for Earth Hour

A night view of the lighthouse at St Mary's Island. Picture by Kate Setterfield

A night view of the lighthouse at St Mary's Island. Picture by Kate Setterfield

Thousands of lights are being dimmed this weekend as part of a worldwide environment campaign.

North Tyneside is joining locations around the world, from Pisa to Paris, Berlin to Beijing, and Las Vegas to London, to take part in Earth Hour.

Earth Hour, launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007, encourages communities, households and businesses across the globe to make a pledge to reduce their impact on the planet by turning off non-essential lights for one hour.

North Tyneside Council will be switching off the illumination at St Mary’s Lighthouse for the hour and dimming more than 1,000 streetlights by 15 per cent.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “As a council, we are working extremely hard to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint and considerably cut soaring electricity costs, through various initiatives.

“By lowering the lights on Saturday, I’m sure it won’t cause any disruption but it will certainly raise the profile of the campaign with our householders.

“And with iconic and world famous landmarks like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Rio’s Christ the Redeemer Statue, the Las Vegas strip and Time Square taking part, it’s fantastic we are also able to do our bit here in North Tyneside and help to grab the world’s attention.”

 

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