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06 March 2017


Many of Scotland's most iconic landmarks will again be switching their lights off for WWF’s Earth Hour, to show they care about the effects of climate change on people and nature.

Now in its tenth year, landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, The Kelpies and Forth Rail Bridge will lead Scotland’s Earth Hour switch off on Saturday 25 March at 8.30pm [1] joining global landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, and Sydney Opera House.

Since 2007, millions of people in 178 countries across the world have joined together in an hour of unity to show they want continued action on climate change. 

In Scotland, thousands of schools, businesses and individuals have already signed up and will be making their Earth Hour matter by attending organised events such as stargazing walk, pub quiz or by having friends and family round for a candlelit evening.

Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland 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.

“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." 

Notes to Editors

[1] Find out more about Earth Hour in Scotland

Earth Hour, organised by WWF, started in Sydney in 2007.  Last year a record 178 countries and territories took part in the world’s biggest Earth Hour yet.  Edinburgh Castle, the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, South Africa’s Table Mountain, The Acropolis in Athens, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Empire State Building and Times Square in New York City, and the Las Vegas Strip were just a few of the world-famous landmarks that joined in.

[2] Earth Hour in Scotland is supported by Scottish Government and People’s Postcode Lottery