UEFA is to show support for its social responsibility partner WWF – World Wide Fund for Nature – by taking part in the WWF's Earth Hour on 28 March to highlight the issue of climate change.
The lights in UEFA's headquarters – the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland – will be switched off for one hour that evening as part of a campaign being organised by the WWF throughout the world.
The historic occasion will see millions of people gathered in parks, streets, town squares, buildings and homes around the globe to witness the lights going out on iconic landmarks and city skylines, while a number of Earth Hour events will be taking place. The goal is to reach 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. "Earth Hour is an opportunity for the global community to speak in one voice on the issue of climate change, while at the same time coming together in celebration of the one thing every single person on the planet has in common – the planet," said Earth Hour executive director Andy Ridley.
Celebrate the planet
"Whether it's joining your community in a town square to watch the city lights go dark or hosting a lights-out party in your own home, I encourage everybody across the world to be a part of this historic occasion. Turn off your lights, celebrate the planet, enjoy the moment and cast your vote for earth," he added.
William Gaillard, adviser to the President at UEFA, said: "Climate change is one of the biggest threats for humanity, and 2009 is crucial for turning the tide, for creating positive climate action. People at all levels should be concerned and we at UEFA feel that football can be a powerful ally in the fight against climate change."
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