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Earth Hour 2017

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Now with a record 3 Local Authority Champion awards and one runner up award to our name, South Ayrshire Council is once again calling on local residents and businesses to back WWF's Earth Hour campaign.

The WWF Earth Hour campaign raises awareness on climate change and South Ayrshire Council is very proud to be part of this global event, which now takes place in 154 countries across all 7 continents. The 60 minutes of darkness gives a graphic demonstration of support for people and wildlife threatened by our changing climate.

It’s not just local landmarks being switched off, you can watch as some of the world’s and Scotland’s most recognisable landmarks go dark – including Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Edinburgh Castle and even the Falkirk Wheel!

We want you to join in the fun and make your mark, by signing up to support us in marking Earth Hour 2017 one to remember! To register for this year's event please visit:

The success of our previous campaigns in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 is down to the phenomenal support we receive from the public, local businesses and South Ayrshire Council employees.

Find out about this year's Earth Hour events in South Ayrshire.

South Ayrshire prepares for Earth Hour 2017

South Ayrshire Council is encouraging people to get involved in this year's Earth Hour. They'll join hundreds of millions of people around the world in turning off lights for an hour, to show support for action on climate change and a more sustainable future.

This year's event, which includes switching off floodlighting on many of South Ayrshire's most iconic landmarks as well as a range of activities, takes place at 8:30pm Saturday 25 March 2017. The event is supported by employees, partners, community groups and a range of local businesses.

South Ayrshire Council was recently recognised by WWF for the fourth year in a row for its ongoing commitment to championing environmental sustainability.

Mike Newall, Head of Neighbourhood Services at South Ayrshire Council, said, "We're proud to support Earth Hour, an event which places world resources at its heart, but in a way which everyone can connect with.

"The simple act of switching off the lights, computers and chargers, and challenging the way we think about the world can make a difference.

"Our events have been well supported in the past and we're confident that we'll enjoy good turnouts for the many events being put on to celebrate the day on March 25."

South Ayrshire – Earth Hour Activity 2017

Floodlights will be switched off at:

  • Alloway Kirk
  • St Nicholas Church Ruin in Prestwick
  • Fish Cross sculpture, High Street, Ayr
  • Poet & Scholar sculpture, High Street, Ayr
  • Loudoun Hall Courtyard
  • Auld Brig, Ayr
  • Burns Statue, Burns Statue Square, Ayr
  • Kirkoswald church ruin, Kirkoswald
  • Stumpy Tower, Girvan
  • Dundonald Castle (in consultation with Historic Scotland)
  • Ayr Town Hall
  • Maybole Town Hall
  • Wallace Tower, Ayr
  • St John’s Tower, Ayr

More information on activities on offer to follow soon.

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