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26th March 2020, 20:53

Minister for the Environment & Climate Change inviting people to support this year's Earth Hour campaign

The global unity in responding to the coronavirus can be extended to deal with the climate emergency - the other invisible enemy.

This is according to the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, John Cortes, who's inviting people to support this year's Earth Hour campaign on Saturday by switching offer their lights for an hour as of 8.30 in the evening.

Dr Cortes adds people can also consider ways in which they can lighten their carbon footprint, as Gibraltar switches off its lights on the North Face of the Rock and the Moorish Castle for the weekend.

The Commissioner for Sustainable Development, Professor Daniella Tilbury, reminded people to stay home as they mark the occasion, given the lockdown restrictions.

She encouraged people to record short podcasts on their phone, ending with the line "for us and future generations, Gibraltar we can do it". These can be shared on Twitter and Facebook, with the hashtags #earthhour, #gibraltar and #futuregenerationsgib.

The Mayor, John Gonçalves, kicked off the podcast campaign with his own message, released at midday today.