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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: www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour.

The success of our previous campaigns in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 is down to the phenomenal support we receive from the public, local businesses and South Ayrshire Council employees.

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.

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

Activities

24th March

1pm – 2.30pm – Earth Hour Art in the Environment walk - Afton House, Ailsa Hospital Campus – Free, Booking required. Use natural materials to create environmental art - d.meechan@tcv.org.uk or 01292 885946

6pm – 6.45pm – Earth Hour Pyjama Story Time – Alloway Library - Free, Booking essential, please tel: 01292 442395. Earth Hour stories for children. **Fully Booked**

25th March 2017

9.30am – 10.30am – Earth Hour Lego Tournament – Carnegie Library – Free. Imagination – Competition - Shape a sustainable world.

11am – 11.30am – Earth Hour Bookbug – Carnegie Library – Free. Earth Hour stories for children(suitable for ages 0-5 yrs).

1pm – 4pm –Earth Hour Fair– Ayr Central – Free family fun day as we learn how to take action on climate change. Sustainable lantern making – Eco-friendly face-painting by Little Acorns – Crafts – Energy efficiency - Smoothie bike – Green Travel – Recycling incl. cloth nappies, Junk Kouture dress from Queen Margaret Academy, Local environmental groups and much more! Come and meet our WWF panda mascot and take a selfie #EarthHourUK #ACearthfair.

3pm – 5pm – Earth Hour in Belleisle Park – Belleisle park – Free, wear suitable outdoor clothing Wildflower planting – Seed balls making – Story-telling and more!

8pm – 10pm – Switch on to Renewable Energy – Girvan Community Garden - Free. Girvan Community Gardens in partnership with Adventure Centre for Education – Switch off your main power, come to Girvan Community Gardens and switch on to our sustainable renewable energy. Join us for a peaceful event with hot food cooked on open fires, poetry and refreshments.

26th March

10am -12am - Ayr Burners celebrates Earth Hour – Belleisle Park – Free, Booking required. Cycling for young children – www.ayrburners.org.uk

Show your support to WWF Earth Hour on Twitter - #EarthHourUK

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