The Earth Fair at Ayr Central is just one of the events taking place
Thousands of people will be helping to celebrate the annual WWF Earth Hour campaign in South Ayrshire this week. A full programme of events have been organised to promote sustainability, with lights also being switched off a key local landmarks at 8:30pm on Saturday, 24 March 2018.
This year's events follow a Council pledge to stop buying plastic straws alongside a commitment to review the purchases of all single use plastic items by 2022 to ensure items which are more sustainable are bought in future. The Council used to buy around 35,000 straws a year and is now working with partners to promote a change of attitude towards single use plastic items.
For this year's Earth Hour, a broad-range of events and workshops are taking place across South Ayrshire including the second annual Earth Fair at Ayr Central, an adventure trail at Belleisle, Earth Hour Bookbug sessions at Ayr's Carnegie Library, Girvan Off the Grid at Girvan Community Garden, Pick up for the Planet events at Fullarton Woods, Dundonald Woods, and Troon Beach, and an evening of entertainment and information as Earth Hour comes to Dundonald Castle.
South Ayrshire Council will also be switching off floodlights at a number of public buildings and landmarks including: 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.
Councillor Ian Cochrane, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Sustainability & the Environment said that this year's Earth Hour had added resonance, "We're committed to protecting the environment and positive steps such as banning the use of plastic straws in our buildings is a great way to make a meaningful contribution.
"This year there are lots of events on across South Ayrshire with people being encouraged to consider their actions, think about the products they use, and question whether they could make small changes to the way they live to cut down on waste.
"We're proud to support Earth Hour and I'm sure the events being held will be well supported by our communities as we look to change attitudes and help protect our planet for future generations."
For more information about Earth Hour 2018, visit the South Ayrshire Council website.