The Cabildo of Gran Canaria will once more join the global blackout to help promote Earth Hour on March 24 by turning off the facades of the Casa Palacio and the Casa de Colón, which will remain in the dark, as will the Literary Cabinet, the Cathedral of Santa Ana, the Basilica of Arucas and the Pérez Galdós Theater, to raise awareness among the population of the need to fight against climate change

On Gran Canaria, Earth hour will be from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm and several institutions have joined including the capital’s main municipal offices, the Consistorial Houses, the Escaleritas Bridge and Alfredo Kraus Avenue.

San Bartolomé de Tirajana will also leave the surroundings of the Maspalomas Lighthouse in the dark, the village of Santa Lucia the Mayor’s building, the main parking areas, the church and the exterior column. San Mateo will turn off the church lights and Agüimes the public lighting in the town of Temisas, the exterior of San Sebastián church (casco) and San José Obrero (Cruce de Arinaga), in addition to the Avenida de los Pescadores (on Arinaga Beach) will all be included in the initiative and Ingenio will leave its monument in tribute to the tomato growing without lighting.

The islands’s councillor of energy; García Brink invites all in Gran Canaria, as well as various administrations, will join this campaign in its twelfth edition by also turning off the lights and registering at to support the cause.

The ‘Connect and turn off the light’ initiative of the Earth Hour warns that in 2018 climate changes are already a reality because in fact recent years have been the warmest in history with prolonged heat waves and drought, as well as the phenomena of extreme weather becoming increasingly frequent. Problems that are causing the displacement of peoples and one of the main causes of biodiversity loss.

Earth Hour was born 11 years ago in Sydney as a symbolic gesture to draw attention to the problem of climate change and has been adding more and more followers. Last year, thousands of cities from 187 countries participated, extinguishing more than 12,000 monuments and iconic buildings, uniting citizens, businesses, municipalities and institutions.

In 2018, Earth Hour calls once again for the union of all, from the general population to municipalities, companies and organizations, asking them to turn off the lights because there are many reasons to do so. This initiative aims to mobilize more than 7,000 cities to demonstrate global support for the cause, a key to ensuring a sustainable future.