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Council helping make our world brilliant with WWF's Earth Hour

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March 2015

Clackmannanshire Council is helping to build a brighter future by supporting WWF's Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world's attention on our planet, and the need to protect it.

On 28th March, at 8.30pm, Clackmannanshire will be joining forces with thousands of iconic landmarks globally, from The Sydney Harbour Bridge to Times Square in New York, as they show their support. Earth Hour's unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year. In 2014, a record-breaking 162 countries and 7,000 towns and cities joined the world's biggest celebration for our planet.

Last year in Scotland thousands of people took part, sending out a united message of support. Participating Scottish landmarks included Edinburgh Castle, Forth Rail Bridge, Inverness Castle and Falkirk Wheel. They were among 200 of the UK's most iconic landmarks to plunge into darkness, alongside Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

To celebrate Earth Hour 2015, we will be switching off the lights at Kilncraigs and the Speirs Centre.

Councillor Donald Balsillie, Enterprise and Environment Convener, said: "We're proud to again take part in WWF's Earth Hour and our employees and residents are excited to be involved with such a great and inspiring event. Everyone can make a difference to help protect our planet and we all have a key role to play."

Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland said: "We're thrilled that Clackmannanshire Council will be taking part in WWF's Earth Hour again and hope that many others will be inspired to get involved. Earth Hour is more than just an hour of darkness, it's a community of people who are sharing their love for our planet and taking action to protect it every day. By taking one simple step to switch off, you'll be joining millions of people from around the world in this special celebration."

Earth Hour is more than an hour; from crowdfunding to campaigns to protect The Great Barrier Reef or The Amazon, Earth Hour is having a real and lasting impact beyond the hour. Last year in the UK 85% of adults that participated in Earth Hour (NfP Synergy 2014) said that taking part inspired them to do more to protect the planet. It's a brilliant reminder that together we can make change happen and a chance to think about the small things we can do every day to help create a brighter future.

Everyone can sign up for WWF's Earth Hour 2015. For more information and to sign up please visit

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Join in the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #EarthHour and by following @WWFScotland
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour, organised by WWF, is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. Last year was the biggest yet, with hundreds of millions of people taking part across a record 162 countries and 7,000 towns and cities alongside world famous landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to Times Square in New York. In 2015 Earth Hour will be held on 28th March 2015 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
About WWF
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