The lights went out at UEFA's headquarters for an hour on Saturday evening – but it was all in a good cause as European football's governing body showed its backing for the Earth Hour staged by UEFA's social responsibility partner WWF – World Wide Fund for Nature.
Earth Hour – a worldwide campaign – has seen 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. Special Earth Hour events have also been taking place to increase global awareness of the issue of climate change.
"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.
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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