Edinburgh celebrates WWF’s Earth Hour

On Saturday 19 March 2016, at 8.30pm the City of Edinburgh Council will join millions across the world to celebrate WWF’s Earth Hour and switch off their lights for one hour.

By joining the global celebration, the Council will take part in a symbolic moment, not designed to have impact through an hour of energy saving, but to help put a spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to remind us that, together, we have the power to make change happen.

The future of our planet is at risk, particularly from the effects of climate change. Many of the world’s most threatened species like tigers and orang-utans live in areas that will be severely affected by climate change. For many, WWF’s Earth Hour is a chance to show they care about our brilliant planet and is the first step to helping to protect its future.

To celebrate the global event, the Council will turn off the lights in The City Chambers and the stick people of the KEYFRAMES installation in St Andrew Square will go dark from 8.30pm - 9.30pm.

Jennifer Clements, spokesperson for WWF-UK, said: “We’re thrilled that City of Edinburgh Council will be taking part in WWF’s Earth Hour this year and hope that they’ll inspire many others to get involved. By taking one simple step to switch off, WWF’s Earth Hour is a chance for all of us to come together and send out a global message about protecting our planet.”

Over the last decade, WWF’s Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year. In 2015, a record-breaking 172 countries and some of world’s most famous buildings including Big Ben, Hong Kong’s skyline and the Sydney Harbour Bridge joined the global celebration. In the UK alone, over 10 million people took part, along with over 4,800 schools, 200 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations.

Everyone can join the celebration. Find out more about WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 19 March 2016.

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