ARGYLL and Bute Council is helping to build a brighter future by supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world’s attention on our planet, and the need to protect it.
On Saturday 28th March, at 8.30pm, McCaig’s Tower in Oban will be joining forces with thousands of iconic landmarks globally, from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Times Square in New York, as they show their support. Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year. In 2014, a record-breaking 162 countries and 7000 towns and cities joined the world’s biggest celebration for the planet.
Last year in the UK over 9 million people took part including over 50 local authorities. They joined more than 4,600 schools and more than 1,000 businesses to help plunge the UK into an hour of darkness. Over 200 of the country’s most iconic landmarks, including Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s, Manchester Old Trafford, Wembley Stadium, Edinburgh Castle and many more went dark.
Earth Hour is more than an hour; from crowdfunding to campaigns to protect The Great Barrier Reef or The Amazon, Earth Hour is having a real and lasting impact beyond the hour. Last year in the UK 85 per cent of adults that participated in Earth Hour (NfP Synergy 2014) said that taking part inspired them to do more to protect the planet.
Everyone can sign up for WWF’s Earth Hour 2015. For more information and to sign up please visit wwf.org.uk/earthhour