The lights went out

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The lights went out

ANDALUCIA’S leading monuments have ‘switched off’ for an hour in solidarity with the world for Earth Hour.

The Alhambra Palace and Sevilla’s Cathedral joined other major world monuments to turn their lights off and raise awareness of climate change.

The historic sights were also accompanied by the entire town of Alcala la Real, in Jaen, as well as Granada, in saving energy for an hour.

They were linked to nearly 4,000 cities in 88 countries to turn their lights for an hour from 8.30pm local time.

Millions of other home owners across Spain also switched off as part of the World Wildlife Fund event.

The movement is being hailed as the first ever global election, with the aim of presenting 1 billion ‘votes’ to leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this year.

All of the EU buildings turned their lights off and were joined by the UN headquarters in New York.

UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon said: “Together we can find a solution to this most serious of global challenges.”

Speaking from the Eiffel Tower at 8.30pm, WWF director general James Leape said: “Earth hour has so far proved a resounding success.

“Hundreds of millions of people in four thousand towns and cities are demanding action on climate change.”

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