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Aberdeen switches off for Earth Hour

26/03/14

Several city landmarks will be in the dark this weekend as Aberdeen joins cities around the world to mark Earth Hour 2014.

Aberdeen City Council has signed up for Earth Hour 2014, making a pledge to switch of lights at key city landmarks to show support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change.

Underlining commitment to climate change, the council will participate by switching off floodlights at: Marischal College, Wallace Monument and Gardens, St Marks Church, and the St Nicholas Kirkyard fašade, over the whole weekend [28-30 March].

The council's commitment to the initiative, which encourages people, businesses and organisations, to switch off their lights at a set time to demonstrate support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change, has earned it a Super Local Authority Badge from campaign organisers WWF, for the third year running.

Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam said: "I am very proud of Aberdeen's commitment to Earth Hour. This is an important awareness-raising campaign which shows the simple steps people across the world can take to tackle climate change and help to protect those threatened by it.

"By switching off the flood-lights at several of our most prominent sites, Aberdeen City Council is again demonstrating its support for Earth Hour and I am sure that many people across the city will join us in doing so, showing their support for the people and wildlife threatened by climate change worldwide."

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: "It's fantastic news that Aberdeen City Council is once again supporting WWF's Earth Hour in 2014. This year looks set to be another amazing event with people, organisations and communities up and down the country joining together in a dramatic hour of action on climate change.

"WWF's Earth Hour is a simple way to show support for protecting our brilliant planet by tackling climate change. Aberdeen City Council's decision to become an Earth Hour star demonstrates their commitment to this issue."

Hundreds of millions of people across the globe are expected to take part in the event and switch off of their lights for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday [29 March].

City schools, individuals, organisations and community groups can join the big switch-off. To register for the event and for hints and tips on how to have fun celebrating the hour, visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour

You can keep track of how many people in the city have signed up to Earth Hour, using an interactive map on the WWF website at http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/#uk-map and see how Aberdeen compares to other places in the UK.

Last year more than 10 million people in the UK and 157 countries took part in the event. Some of the world's most recognisable landmarks including Big Ben, The Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower switched off for Earth Hour. Scotland celebrated the hour with schools, individuals, organisations, community groups and iconic buildings joining the big switch-off.

To find out more about Earth Hour visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour