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Earth Hour to take place in the North East

Buildings across Durham are due to turn off their lights in support of the World Wildlife Fund's 'Earth Hour.'

The switch off will be happening today and tomorrow (Saturday 23 March) at various different buildings when non-essential lighting and unused electrical equipment will be turned off.

Earth Hour, officially between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on 23 March, aims to reduce energy use and raise awareness about the impact that energy usage may have on the environment.

Buildings taking part will include:

  • Council buildings - held a day early at 3pm - 4pm on 22 March
  • Durham University
  • Schools - held a day early at 2pm - 3pm
  • Durham Castle

"Earth Hour is a great way to both reduce our carbon footprint and raise awareness of the issue and we would like to encourage everyone to join the council and Durham University in taking part.

"We hope that the hour will encourage everyone to consider cutting down their energy use throughout the year to help us make this a low carbon county.

"We have taken part in Earth Hour for the past four years to encourage people to save energy as it will make a difference to their energy bill as well as the environment."

– Stuart Timmiss, head of planning and assets at Durham County Council

To find out more about the Earth Hour, click here.