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Aberdeen agrees to switch off for Earth Hour
Several city landmarks will be in the dark this weekend this weekend as Aberdeen joins cities around the world to mark Earth Hour 2013.
Aberdeen City Council has again signed up to the WWF 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.
Members of the Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Committee unanimously agreed to underline it's commitment to the Earth Hour campaign with a switch off of floodlights at key city landmarks from Friday [22 March] for the whole weekend. The switch off will include:
Marischal College Broad Street floodlights;
Wallace Monument and gardens;
St Marks Church;
St Nicholas Kirkyard façade
The official switch off takes place at 8.30pm on Saturday [23 March], when thousands of people across Scotland, and millions across the globe, will switch off their lights for an hour.
Work to promote the 2012 Earth Hour initiative has earned the council an Earth Hour Super Local Authority Badge from campaign organisers WWF for two years running.
In 2012, a record 152 countries took part for the biggest call to action for the protection of the planet.
This year's Earth Hour is celebrating the power of nature - the way renewable energy can move us away from fossil fuels and help reduce global carbon emissions. This is especially important in Scotland with our wealth of natural assets such as wind, tidal and wave.
WWF is encouraging individuals, community groups and local organisations to join in with the switch off.
To register for this year's event visit: www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour