07 Mar 2018
Over the last decade, Scotland has made its mark on the international Earth Hour map with consistently impressive levels of national participation. Glasgow City Council, along with all Scotland's local authorities, will once again support this global movement on Saturday 24 March, joining 9 million people across the UK and 186 countries and territories from every continent on the planet. Scotland will switch off over 165 iconic buildings and landmarks joining 3,000 others around the world such as the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House, in WWF's Earth Hour's unique display of darkness, which has become a global phenomenon.
This year, as landmarks, organisations, businesses and individuals switch off in solidarity, the spotlight turns to the 1 in 6 species at risk of extinction from climate change. As recent media such as BBC's Blue Planet II raises public awareness about the plight of species suffering from rapidly changing climates, for Earth Hour 2018, WWF is asking people to make a promise for the planet to live more sustainably. Visitors to our Kelvingrove event will be able to do this during the evening.
In addition to the events detailed below, the council will switch off the lights at the City Chambers, the Clyde Arc Bridge, the Riverside Museum, the Mitchell Library and Winter Gardens on Glasgow Green.
Other landmarks switching off include Glasgow Cathedral (courtesy of Historic Scotland), Cranhill and Drumchapel Water Towers (courtesy of Scottish Water) and Glasgow University.
Businesses participating by switching off include St. Enoch Centre, Buchanan Galleries and The Forge shopping centres, the Millennium Hotel and the Piper Bar in George Square. The public will also be able to take selfies with the WWF mini panda in various entertainment venues around the square and share via social media.
The Council won Local Authority of the Year award amongst Scotland's 32 local authorities for the work carried out to promote and support the event in 2017.
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