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Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has urged his fellow citizens to ditch their neckties to help save energy and the planet. Mr Sanchez made his plea a press conference Friday. He addressed journalists tieless, and called Spanish people to follow his lead the country's months-long heatwave. He stated: "I would like you to see that I am not wearing a tie. I have asked all ministers and public decision-makers to do likewise. That means we can all save energy." He added: "I would also like to ask the private sector that...they should not wear a tie either because, that way, we will all be contributing to the energy savings that are so necessary our country."

Mr Sanchez said Spain would soon adopt "urgent" energy-saving measures to tackle the climate crisis, and to reduce its reliance Russian gas. Many other European countries are doing what they can to be less dependent Russia for fuel in the wake the Ukraine War. It is as yet unclear what actions Mr Sanchez will take to save energy. His government has already set restrictions the use of air conditioners and heating appliances the workplace. The recent heatwaves and rising energy prices have taken their toll Spain. More than 500 people have passed away the past two weeks because the heat. Spain has also introduced a relief package $9.2 billion to help people pay energy bills.

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