Wednesday, 7 April 2010

1 billion take part in Earth Hour 2010

Congratulations to all who help make this year's Earth Hour such a success!

Dear Rob,

I am writing to personally thank you for your support for WWF’s Earth Hour 2010 – helping to increase awareness about people and wildlife threatened by climate change.

Sign-ups are still being calculated but early indications suggest that a staggering one billion people were touched by WWF’s Earth Hour around the world. Over 4,000 cities and towns in a record-breaking 126 countries signed up. Global landmarks which switched off included Edinburgh Castle, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids, Sydney Opera House, and the Forbidden City in China.

Here in Scotland, this year’s Earth Hour really captured the imagination of the public leading to record numbers pledging to switch off - including 29 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, over 300 schools and nearly two hundred businesses, public bodies and other organisations. At least 10,000 individuals took part on the night.

Many of the nation’s most iconic structures and buildings were also plunged into darkness, including: Edinburgh Castle, Inverness Castle, Holyrood House, RRS Discovery, Wallace Monument in Stirling, George Square Monuments in Glasgow, the Scottish Parliament and the Falkirk Wheel. The Scottish Government, CoSLA, STUC, CBI Scotland, SCVO and each one of Scotland’s main political parties also gave their support.

Meteorologist Heather Reid joined WWF for an amazing light-show and countdown event at the Falkirk Wheel. Other events that took place in Scotland included a night golf charity event at Fairmont St Andrews, candle-lit meals, topical film screenings and torch-lit walks.

The huge support for WWF’s Earth Hour this year is reflected in the fact that of the ten areas across the entire UK that signed up the largest percentage of their residents, six were Scottish local authority areas. The overall UK number one spot for sign-ups went to East Lothian.

Once again, thank you for helping us to make WWF’s Earth Hour 2010 the best yet.

To see some photos and find out more about how Earth Hour went here in Scotland and elsewhere around the world, please visit:

We are delighted by your support and hope that we may continue to count on it in the future as we work together to achieve WWF’s vision of a future where people and nature can thrive.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richard Dixon
Director, WWF Scotland

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