Earth Hour and 10:10
Earth Hour is an international event created by WWF, held annually on the last Saturday of March. Cities, communities and landmarks across the globe plunge into darkness for one hour.
Households, businesses and public bodies are asked to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances during Earth Hour to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change. The Council endorses the aims of Earth Hour and actively promotes the event each year.
This year's Earth Hour was held on Saturday 23 March. Lights went out at iconic sites across Edinburgh. St John's Church on Princes Street, Castle Rock, Calton Hill's National Monument and Burns Monument were plunged into darkness. In recognition of the City of Edinburgh Council's support for this initiative, we have been awarded an Earth Hour Super Local Authority badge by WWF Scotland.
The Council has signed up to the 10:10 climate change campaign. The UK-wide campaign encourages individuals, businesses, schools, community groups and councils to work together to achieve a 10% cut in the nation's carbon emissions.
The City of Edinburgh Council was one of the first Scottish local authorities to sign up to the campaign.
Go to the 10:10 website for further information about this campaign.