Scottish Landmarks to go dark for Earth Hour
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Earth Hour 2017 brings attention to climate change once more
The World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s tenth annual Earth Hour will take place at the end of March.
As with previous years, the WWF asks that homes, businesses and non-essential public services switch off their lights for an hour.
In Scotland, landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, The Kelpies, and the Forth Rail Bridge will be joining WWF’s campaign and going dark for an hour.
Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland, in a blog post said: “Earth Hour is a great way to encourage people to start thinking about the effects climate change is having close to home, and also further afield. And it won’t just be our most iconic landmarks that will be taking part.
“It’s always been very popular in with the Scottish public, with thousands of school children and individuals and hundreds of businesses getting behind this massive global event.”
First started ten years ago in Sydney, Australia, the event seeks to highlight the environmental damage of human activity on the planet and the need for action on climate change.
Recent research suggest humanity’s presence upon Earth has caused a new epoch, a measure of geological time visible in rock layers.
While not yet confirmed by the International Mineralogical Association, this new Epoch, named the Anthropocene, is postulated to show the marked change humanity has brought to the planet. This includes the increased presence of CO2 in our atmosphere and the appearance of new minerals caused by human behaviour.
The WWF suggests that for Earth Hour we should seek to celebrate planet Earth and all the wonders upon it, as well as our responsibility towards it. The WWF hope to “shine a light on the need for climate action” by going dark for one hour.
Last year, Earth Hour was celebrated in 178 countries and territories, as well as the International Space Station — with 133,000 official events created on digital maps. This year’s Hour will continue to focus on improving climate change awareness and increasing global governmental focus on the environment.
WWF’s Banks added: “It’s been the hottest year on record for the third year in a row and nearly one in six species are now at risk of extinction from climate change.
“The world is changing fast so it’s never been more important to show that you care – so sign up and switch off for Earth Hour.”
The WWF’s Earth Hour begins at 8.30pm on 25th March. You can find out more at earthhour.org.