Switch off for Earth Hour
Published on Monday 26th March 2012
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is encouraging members of the public to support Earth Hour 2012 by switching off their lights for one hour between 8.30 and 9.30pm on Saturday 31 March.
Earth Hour is supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is a simple idea that has quickly turned into a global phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people are turning off their lights for one hour on the same night all across the planet. The action is about appreciating the world we all share and recognising the need to protect it - not just for an hour a year, but every day.
Staff at SBC will be turning off their lights, where safe to do so, on Friday 30 March between 11am and 12noon. This is the third year running that staff are taking part in the initiative.
The timing of this event links in well with the launch of SBC's brand new TREADlightly environmental awareness campaign which kicks off on 30 March.
Julie Rankine, Waste Strategy and Campaign Manager, said: "This new campaign is aimed at all SBC staff and buildings, and encourages increased efficiency and reduced wastage in relation to three key themes - energy and water, waste and recycling, and travel and transport.
"Supporting Earth Hour this year helps us to kick off our campaign with the first theme, energy."
Earth Hour is bigger than saving an hour of electricity. It is about realising the actions we take - from the energy we use, to the food we buy and water we drink - has an effect on the world.
For further information and to sign up to the world wide effort please visit the Earth Hour website
SBC TREADlightly project team member Jenny Williamson switches off.