War Memorial lights to be switched off for World Earth Hour

For the sixth year running, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will participate in World Earth Hour by switching off the floodlights at Lewis War Memorial.

Last year more than 10 million people in the UK and 157 countries took part in the world’s largest participation event. Some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks including Big Ben, The Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower switched off for Earth Hour.

Scotland celebrated the hour with schools, individuals, organisations, community groups and iconic buildings joining the big switch-off. At 8.30pm on Saturday 29th March, the Comhairle will switch off the lights at the War Memorial on the outskirts of Stornoway.

In 2011, Scotland became the first country in the world to have all its local authorities participating in Earth Hour, something that was applauded globally. This record has, and will again be maintained this year, with all local authorities committed to taking part.

World Earth Hour is not only for local authorities; thousands of people in Scotland will be switching off their own lights in a huge,

symbolic show of support for action on climate change and a more sustainable future. So whether you spend your time reflecting under the stars or even playing your favourite board games using candlelight, Earth Hour is a moment to say you’ll do your bit to protect our planet.

To sign up and show your support to Earth Hour visit: http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk

Leader of the Comhairle, Cllr Angus Campbell, said: “Our decision to participate in the WWF’s Earth Hour highlights our continued commitment to the issue of climate change and demonstrates to others around the world that Scotland continues to take action to address climate change. I would encourage businesses and organisations in the Western isles to switch off for an hour to show their own support for Earth Hour.”