IN PICTURES: Manchester’s iconic landmarks switch-off lights for Earth Hour climate change awareness

Words & photos by James McLoughlin, Sophia Rahman & Ben Harrison

Some of Manchester’s most recognisable landmarks were plunged into darkness as part of a worldwide climate change initiative on Saturday night.

The Imperial War Museum, The Trafford Centre’s Main Dome and Manchester Arndale’s iconic tower switched-off all non-essential lighting as part of Earth Hour, between 8.30 – 9.30pm, and many of the buildings kept them off through the night.

Manchester United Group Environmental Manager, Keith McIntosh, said: “We want to show it’s not just about an hour, we’re turning off for the whole night and the message extends even further than that.”

Director of Operations at The Trafford Centre, Gordon McKinnon, said: “Earth Hour is just one hour in our lives, but the effect it has can last all year round, and for the rest of our lives, so it’s bigger than just those 60 minutes of darkness.”


Although the Trafford Centre already employs low-energy light sources, the management see their contribution as important, if merely symbolic.


Mr McKinnon said: “We are making a visual statement about saving energy.


“But the important message is that everyone can do something to combat climate change, and if our customers follow our lead then we’ll be very pleased.”


The shopping centre has participated in Earth Hour for four previous years as part of its aim to be the greenest indoor mall in the UK.


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