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Lights out at Radio Aire

Bauer Media's Radio Aire, along with thousands of people in Leeds and around the world will be switching off their lights on Saturday night.

It's all in aid of WWF’s Earth Hour, which is taking place in major cities acorss the globe. The event is backed by Central Leeds MP and environment minister Hilary Benn, and aims to send a signal to global leaders that they must take urgent action to tackle climate change.

Other Bauer Media stations are also taking part, including Hallam FM and Key 103.

Benn said “WWF’s Earth Hour is all about sharing our support for action on climate change. By plunging our iconic buildings into darkness for WWF’s Earth Hour it’s a really good reminder that we all need to play our part and I welcome Radio Aire’s support of Earth Hour”

Between 8.30-9.30pm local time, on Saturday 28th March 2009, people, businesses, cities and communities around the world will take part in WWF’s Earth Hour, an event that looks set to be the biggest mass global action on climate change ever.

96.3 Radio Aire presenter Simon Logan from Logie’s Big Breakfast said “WWF’s Earth Hour is the perfect opportunity for the people of Leeds, West Yorkshire and the world to send a sign to global leaders to show that they care about climate change and that something huge needs to happen. Sign up and switch off, Leeds!”

In the UK, more than 1000 schools, 88 local authorities and 200 landmarks. Including Nelson’s Column, City Hall, the National Gallery and the National Theatre in London are committed to turning off their lights. The London Eye is also dimming for the hour, in line with civil aviation safety guidelines, and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain in Bristol, Belfast Wheel and Scotland’s Forth Rail Bridge and Edinburgh Castle will all be plunged into darkness. Global icons taking part include the Eiffel Tower, the Shanghai Hong Kong New World Tower, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Sydney’s Opera House and Table Mountain in Cape Town.

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