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Public Sector Gearing Up for Earth Hour in Scotland

Many public sector bodies in Scotland are participating in this year’s Earth Hour campaign, with a host of events taking place across the country.

Taking place on Saturday 25 March at 8.30pm, Earth Hour sees individuals, organisations and businesses switch off their lights for an hour, host events and highlight the need for climate change action. Examples of action from Scotland’s public sector include:

South Ayrshire Council

South Ayrshire Council are long-standing participants in Earth Hour, and have won three Local Authority Champion Earth Hour awards and one runner up award in past years. This year, South Ayrshire are switching off lights at a range of civic buildings and landmarks, including Alloway Kirk. As well as encouraging public participation in Earth Hour, the Council are hosting a series of awareness-raising events including: Earth Hour Art in the Environment walk, Earth Hour Pyjama Story Time, Lego Tournament, Earth Hour Fair in Ayr with free family activities highlighting how to take action on climate change, and a Switch on to Renewable Energy event.

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council are switching off the lights for Earth Hour at the City Chambers, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Clyde Arc Bridge, the Riverside Museum and the Mitchell Library. Other landmarks switching off include Glasgow Cathedral (courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland), Cranhill and Drumchapel Water Towers (courtesy of Scottish Water) and Glasgow University. A range of events are planned at the Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green and the Mitchell Library including: film showings, evening nature walk, and illuminated cycle ride.

Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council are participating in North East Climate Week from 18-25 March in the run up to Earth Hour. Throughout the week there are different events happening in both the City and the Shire to share the message of climate change and grow participation in Earth Hour. Events include: cycle rides, children competitions, storytelling, movie events, lectures and presentations. 

Scottish Borders Council and Historic Environment Scotland

Scottish Borders Council and Historic Environment Scotland have joined together to switch off the lights at three of the Borders’ iconic abbeys. The lights at Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose abbeys will be switched off on Saturday 25 March, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. The switch-off was accompanied by a call to residents to participate in the Earth Hour campaign.

Fife College

On 22 March and 10am Fife College will be switching off all unnecessary lights at each College campus, and wherever possible equipment use will be eliminated or reduced. Following this, the building monitoring systems will be analysed to determine how much energy was saved and carbon emissions reduced. Staff and students will dedicate the hour to discussing sustainability, climate change and how  Fife College can make a difference.

Fife Council

Fife Council is encouraging residents to participate in Earth Hour and is planning to turn off the lights in key buildings in the largest towns in Fife for one hour. They have also used the opportunity to highlight some of their key climate change projects.

22 March 2017

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