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Lights out over Kharkiv for Earth Hour

Kharkivens have been invited to switch off their lights this month for Earth Hour – a global campaign which highlights the problems of climate change.

Saturday March 19 will mark “Earth Hour 2016” and the Kharkiv Regional State Administration has urged everyone locally to join the campaign.

It seeks people to turn off their lights for one hour to show unity in the fight against, and draw attention to, the problem of climate change.

“We ask you to support the initiative and turn off lights and appliances on March 19 at 20:30 for 1 hour,” noted in the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.

“This event, in addition to the symbolic blackout for 60 minutes, calls for the necessary daily activities of every citizen to protect the environment.”

Previous years, the campaign was joined by more than 7,000 cities in 172 countries around the world.

Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organized by WWF.

Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007.

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