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Earth Hour 2015 darkness puts spotlight on environment

 30 March 2015  |  

The stars shone bright in the sky over Belleisle during Earth Hour

The stars shone bright in the sky over Belleisle during Earth Hour

South Ayrshire put itself in the dark for Earth Hour 2015, with many homes and businesses switching off and taking part in Earth Hour on Saturday 28 March 2015.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement to help protect our planet and is organised by WWF. It started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and since then has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

For one hour, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday 28 March 2015, people across South Ayrshire stopped, switched off their lights and showed their support for action on climate change and demonstrated how much they care about their environment.

Over 400 people took part in Council Earth Hour activities. Here are some of the events that took place with comments from participants:

  • Dark Sky Planetarium on the lawn at Belleisle where people could stargaze.
    "Fantastic event, really enjoyable and informative."
    "Absolutely loved the presentation. The boys were fascinated and now want to build a moon rocket. Thank you."
    "Fantastic event, very relaxing and informative. Would highly recommend."
    "Very interesting event. The moon section was amazing and my 7 year old thought it was cool. Great event for South Ayrshire."
  • Earth Hour arts and crafts event
    "Fantastic way to celebrate Earth Hour in South Ayrshire. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the experience."
    "It was great to see people from all walks of life getting involved in Earth Hour. It was a great opportunity to meet other people and have fun with them through arts and crafts."
    "The children loved the evening and so did I as it was such great fun. Full of imagination."
    "Very relaxing, eclectic."
  • Ghastly Tales on Earth Hour's trails around Ayr then down to the old jail cells in Ayr Town Hall for some spine chilling tales.
    "Great Night, definitely like more."
    "Absolutely fantastic. Very interesting, Ayr should do more of these. Great way to bring in tourists."
    "Interesting and informative tone. Atmospheric, really enjoyed it."

Fifteen well known landmarks across South Ayrshire were in the dark during Earth Hour, these included Alloway Auld Kirk, St Nichols Church ruin in Prestwick, Stumpy Tower in Girvan, St John's Tower in Ayr and the Auld Brig in Ayr.

Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "It never ceases to amaze me how people across South Ayrshire show their commitment to Earth Hour, demonstrating their support for highlighting the need for action on climate change which could threaten the future of our world.

"Our Council and people across South Ayrshire joined in with millions of people from around the world who in a dignified and peaceful way supported WWF's Earth Hour 2015.

"Thank you to everyone who took part in the event. I hope that everyone continues throughout 2015 to conserve energy by switching off lights and appliances when they are not needed."

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