On Saturday 19 March 2016, at 8.30pm Clackmannanshire Council will join millions across the world to celebrate WWF's Earth Hour and switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of our brilliant planet.
By joining the global celebration, Clackmannanshire Council will take part in a symbolic moment, not designed to have impact through an hour of energy saving, but to help put a spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to remind us that, together, we have the power to make change happen.
The future of our planet is at risk, particularly from the effects of climate change. Many of the world's most threatened species like tigers and orang-utans live in areas that will be severely affected by climate change. For many, WWF's Earth Hour is a chance to show they care about our brilliant planet and is the first step to helping to protect its future.
To celebrate the global event, Clackmannanshire Council will be switching off all non-essential lights at Alloa Town Hall, the Speirs Centre and Kilncraigs at 8.30pm on 19 March for one hour. We will also be encouraging our staff and the local community to sign up.
Enterprise and Environment Convener Donald Balsillie said: "We are pleased to take part in WWF's Earth Hour and are proud to be involved with this awareness raising event. Everyone can make a difference to help protect our planet and we all have a key role to play."
Jennifer Clements, spokesperson for WWF-UK, said: "We're thrilled that Clackmannanshire Council will be taking part in WWF's Earth Hour this year and hope that they'll inspire many others to get involved. By taking one simple step to switch off, WWF's Earth Hour is a chance for all of us to come together and send out a global message about protecting our planet."
Over the last decade, WWF's Earth Hour's unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year. In 2015, a record-breaking 172 countries and some of world's most famous buildings including Big Ben, Hong Kong's skyline and the Sydney Harbour Bridge joined the global celebration. In the UK alone, over 10 million people took part, along with over 4,800 schools, 200 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations.
Everyone can join the celebration for WWF's Earth Hour on Saturday 19 March 2016. For more information and to sign up please visit wwf.org.uk/earthhour
Join in the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #EarthHourUK and @wwf_uk.
To view pictures from Earth Hour 2015, please visit our photo gallery. If prompted please enter password: WWFe4rthh0ur2016
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour, organised by WWF, is the world's biggest celebration for our amazing planet. In the UK last year, over 10 million people took part, along with over 4,800 schools, 200 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations. Iconic landmarks including Big Ben and Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Blackpool Tower, The Kelpies, Caerphilly Castle and many more joined the global lights out.
Globally, from Samoa to Tahiti, a record 172 countries and territories took part in the world's biggest Earth Hour yet. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, South Africa's Table Mountain, The Acropolis in Athens, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Empire State Building and Times Square in New York City, and the Las Vegas Strip were just a few of the world-famous landmarks that joined in.
WWF is one of the world's largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, creating solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature thrive. Find out more about our work, past and present at wwf.org.uk.