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Glasgow's shining light on Earth Hour campaign

Published: 08 March 2017


Glasgow City Council has been awarded the WWF Scotland's Earth Hour Local Authority Runner Up for 2016 it was announced today (8 March).

The award was in recognition for the city's success in its 2016 Earth Hour campaign, which saw Glasgow citizens and businesses come together with a symbolic lights-out display in conjunction with other major cities across the globe.

The WWF Scotland's Panda mascot presented the award to Bailie Elaine McDougall, the council's Executive Member for Transport, Environment and Sustainability, who said: "The city is proud to support Earth Hour and to receive this award for our efforts last year."

The award comes as the city announces its plans for this year's Earth Hour on Saturday, 25 March.

The city council has organised a number of activities from bike rides to star gazing for the public to enjoy.

Bailie McDougall added: "The council continues to support this global event. We want this year's Earth Hour to be an even bigger success.

"Everyone can make a difference. Even small, simple changes in our everyday routine can help combat climate change.

"I hope that the people of Glasgow will switch their lights off in solidarity with the thousands of cities around the world taking part in this wonderful and worthwhile event."

WWF Scotland Director, Lang Banks, said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be able to recognise Glasgow City Council for all their ongoing efforts in support of our annual Earth Hour initiative.

"This award clearly demonstrates the massive commitment of the Council and its residents to tackling climate change and protecting our brilliant planet. We look forward to working with the city again for Earth Hour 2017."

Glasgow residents are urged to join others around the world in turning off unnecessary electrical equipment between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday, 25 March. This could include unplugging your phone chargers, turning off household lights or ensuring no electrical equipment is left on standby.

More than 178 countries around the world take part in Earth Hour and every year iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House are plunged into darkness to demonstrate how everyone can make a difference to the environment by conserving energy.

In Glasgow, the city council co-ordinates switch offs within its iconic and landmark buildings to highlight its commitment to tackling climate change.

It also works with various businesses and shopping centres including St. Enoch, The Forge, Buchanan Galleries and Silverburn as well as Scottish Water, Glasgow Cathedral (courtesy of Historic Scotland) and Glasgow University.

Glasgow City Council has organised a number of events to mark Earth Hour 2017 on Saturday, 25 March 2017.

There will be free activities for all the family - from a mobile planetarium, meteorite handling and telescope observing sessions, to an evening bike ride and nature walk.

Some events require booking. Please check for further information.

Published: 08 March 2017

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