Are you ready to tug on your walking boots and join a ranger-led Earth Hour walk? Or perhaps you’re more indoorsy, and fancy perusing a library display especially on climate issues? Maybe you feel like star-gazing, or wildflower planting, or a peaceful Earth Hour Vigil? Well get excited Scotland, because we’re certainly ready for Earth Hour this Saturday! Find out which events are in your area using the list below, and get signed up!
Falkirk Trinity Church: a concert with music, drama, poetry and readings. 7.30-10pm. Visit their Facebook page 'EventsintheFawKirk'.
Falkirk Community Trust: outdoor fitness class in front of the Kelpies. 8.30-9.30pm.
South Lanarkshire, at Biggar: Earth Hour Walk in the Dark. 8.30-10pm.
Glasgow City: Winter Gardens Family Event with face-painting, a treasure hunt and a photography competition. 6.15-9.30pm.
Glasgow City: nature walks led by Glasgow’s Countryside Rangers.
Glasgow City: Mitchell Library displays of primary school photography competition, story-telling sessions, crafts and rhymes.
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS
Inverness, Eden Court Cinema: Earth Hour film screening of ‘How To Let Go’ with Q&A Council session afterwards.
Smithton, Highlands Astronomical Society: star gazing event at the observatory. 8.15-10.30pm.
Ullapool: Nocturnal wildlife walk starting at 7.30pm.
The Highlands, Culloden Library: special Earth Hour themed Bookbug session.
Moray, Elgin: watch the local iconic Landshut Bridge switch off. 8.30pm.
Shetland, Lerwick: watch Clickimin Broch, an Iron Age defensive Building, switch off.
Also watch out for…
The ‘Climate Challenge Game’ posters displayed by over 40 libraries throughout the Highlands.
Edinburgh city: watch lots of landmarks go dark, including Camera Obscura & the World of Illusions, Parliament and the Castle.
Edinburgh, Queensferry Parish Church: fancy dress wear it bright event for children and families. 7.30-8.30pm.
Edinburgh, Saughtonhall United Reformed Church: ‘Murrayfield Churches Together’ is holding an Earth Hour event with Fair-trade baking before a reflective hour of hymns, prayers and films.
University of Edinburgh: ‘Residence Life’ is turning off the lights in student accommodation and screening a nature documentary.
Edinburgh, Hemma restaurant: an hour of live music by candlelight. 8.30pm.
Edinburgh, Epicurean bar at the G&V Hotel: candlelit evening bar service. Involves a yummy promotional cocktail to mark the occasion, made with natural ingredients!
Edinburgh, Duddingston Kirk: supporting Earth Hour by enthusiastically encouraging the parish to switch off their lights!
Edinburgh, Akva Bar: ‘dinner and drinks with your loved ones in candlelight, for a better and greener future’.
East Lothian, Dunbar Parish Church: candlelit church service at 6.30pm, so you can turn out your lights at home twice!
MID SCOTLAND & FIFE
Why not go and see some big landmarks switch off? These include Dunfermline Abbey, Castle Campbell, Queens Bridge, Stirling Castle, Perth Concert Hall and lots more! Dive into the Earth Hour map to find out!
Fife, St. Andrews University: switching off and using Earth Hour as a springboard for a year of environmental action and awareness. Find out more here.
NORTH EAST SCOTLAND
A whole programme of events awaits! It’s called ‘Climate Week North East – Aberdeen City and Shire’. There are film screenings, family cycle rides, storytelling, squirrel spotting and lots more.
Aberdeenshire, Turriff, Delgaty Woods: Earth Hour Walk and family campfire hosted by Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service. 7.30-9.30pm.
Aberdeen, Cults: peaceful Earth Hour Vigil at Cults Parish Church.
Aberdeenshire, Balmedie, Belhelvie Parish Church: board games by candlelight with the church youth groups.
Aberdeen City: the council is switching off Marischal College, Wallace monument and gardens, St Marks Church and St Nicholas Kirkyard façade. 8.30pm.
Angus City: the council is switching off Arbroath Abbey. 8.30pm.
Dundee, Dundee Library: Earth Hour posters and materials will be displayed.
And some library events in Aberdeenshire…
Wednesday 22nd March: Fraserburgh Library is holding a storytelling event for primary schools in Fraserburgh.
Wednesday 22nd March: Aboyne Library is holding a Drop-In Craft session, where you build your own car of the future from recycled materials!
Thursday 23rd March: Portlethen Library is holding a Bookbug Session themed around the environment and weather
Thursday 23rd March: Banff Library is hosting Pauline Cordiner, from Grampian Association of Storytellers. Again, her subject will be Earth Hour related, kids welcome!
And check your local library for climate focussed book displays, plus the Design the Car of the Future Model Competition!
Perhaps you could go and see the abbeys switch off for the first time? Scottish Borders Council and Historic Environmental Scotland have teamed up to switch them off: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39229932. Also have a quick look at what the council has to say.
Dumfries, Council HQ on English Street: session called ‘When the lights go out the stars come out’, to study the night sky and investigate stars and light pollution.
Dumfries, Wild Film Festival Scotland evening events include Iolo Williams (Springwatch / RSPB) celebrity speaker at the Theatre Royal, ‘Racing Extinction’ showing at the Robert Burns Centre and David Attenborough’s ‘Great Barrier Reef’ showing at the Brigend Theatre. http://www.wildfilmfestivalscotland.co.uk/
24th -26th March: Dumfries. Celebrate our beautiful planet at the Wild Film Festival Scotland - Tickets and the full Festival Programme are available here: http://www.wildfilmfestivalscotland.co.uk/ Some events are free.
24th – 26th March: Dumfries. Gracefield Arts Centre has the British Wildlife Photographer awards exhibition daily 10am-5pm with a special Sunday opening on the 26th March. Entry is free. Details available here: http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/gracefield
Scottish Borders, Selkirk, Selkirk Parish Church: candlelit service of prayer and meditation.
Ayrshire, Maybole: Maybole 500 Lantern Parade. 7.30pm start.
Ayr, Scottish Dark Sky Observatory: evening of stargazing with low levels of light pollution. 8-9.30pm.
Ayr town centre: South Ayrshire Council is holding a family fun Environmental Fair, 1-4pm.
Ayr, Carnegie Library: Earth Hour Lego Tournament to ‘shape a sustainable world’. Also, there will be an Earth Hour themed Bookbug.
Ayr: Belleisle Park Earth Hour event with seed ball making, wildflower planting, story-telling and more! 3-5pm.
South Ayrshire, Carrick, Girvan Community Garden: Switch on to Renewable Energy with hot food on an open fire and poetry.
Over the Earth Hour weekend…
24th March: Earth Hour Art in the Environment walk, using natural materials to create environmental art.
26th March: Ayr Burners cycling group is having a Sparks and Flames Earth Hour Special Cycling Games!
East Dunbartonshire, Kirkintilloch: the council are switching off the lights of the William Patrick Library.
Bishopbriggs: Woodhill Resident’s Group lighting up the night in their local community forest!
Renfrewshire: University of the West of Scotland will be switching off its lights!
West Dunbartonshire: the council are holding a Scrapbook Competition with Primary Schools and a photo competition for Secondary Schools. Check your local news to find out more!
And West Dunbartonshire Council are also switching off the 150-foot Titan Crane in Clydebank!
If you haven’t already, get signed up before the big day. Now you can sit back and enjoy...with all the other penguins!