Edinburgh Castle joins landmarks around the globe by switching off its lights to highlight climate change
24 March 2014
Edinburgh Castle is to join landmarks from around the world in switching off its
lights later this month to help raise awareness of the impact of climate change.
The castle is one of a number of global landmarks – including the Eiffel Tower,
Empire State Building and Sydney Opera House – to take part in Earth Hour, a WWF event which sees individuals,
communities, cities and landmarks around the world switch off their lights simultaneously to show their
support for action on climate change.
Edinburgh Castle is one of a number of Historic Scotland attractions that will be
turning off their lights for one hour on 29 March 2014 at 8:30pm. Other participating Historic Scotland
sites are Linlithgow Palace, Urquhart Castle, Stirling Castle, Castle Campbell, Dundonald Castle,
Ruthven Barracks and Arbroath Abbey.
Launched in Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to be a global phenomenon with
hundreds of millions of people around the world participating. This year, 154 countries are expected
to take part, with activities on social media being monitored using the hashtag #BeBrilliant.
Susan Loch, Head of Visitor Operations for Historic Scotland said: “A grassroots
movement which has grown into a global phenomenon in just a few years, Earth Hour does a wonderful job
of highlighting the problem of climate change. I am delighted that we will once again be supporting
this worthwhile cause by joining landmarks around the world to switch off the floodlights at a number
of our properties.
“As Scotland’s biggest operator of visitor attractions, reducing energy use in our
properties is very important to us and as an agency, we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions,
as outlined in our Climate Change Action Plan which was launched in 2012.”
Lang Banks, Director of WWF Scotland said: “It’s fantastic news that Historic Scotland
is supporting WWF's Earth Hour yet again 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. Historic Scotland's decision to become an Earth Hour star demonstrates their
commitment to this issue. Earth Hour is our planet’s time to shine - we hope everyone will feel inspired
to join us in a dazzling display of support by signing up today.”
For information on WWF’s Earth Hour go to http://wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour
Notes for editors:
- Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government
charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish
Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
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