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National recognition for South Ayrshire Council's work on climate change

 04 March 2016  |  

Councillor John McDowall accepts this year’s award from WWF’s Emilie Devenport alongside its panda mascot

Councillor John McDowall accepts this year’s award from WWF’s Emilie Devenport alongside its panda mascot

The South Ayrshire Council campaign which aims to change habits that are helping to drive climate change have been recognised by a national charity for the fourth year in a row.

Ahead of WWF's annual Earth Hour on Saturday 19 March 2016, South Ayrshire Council has been named as runner up for WWF's Earth Hour Local Authority Champion for 2015.

The award recognises the Earth Hour activities in 2015 arranged by the Council, including switching off floodlighting on many the area's most iconic landmarks as well as a broad range of activities. Employees, partners, community groups and local businesses across South Ayrshire all signed up to support Earth Hour*.  

Earth Hour is a global event which last year saw hundreds of millions of people in a record 172 countries around the world take part to raise awareness of climate change.

Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for the Council said the award was welcome, "We're an active supporter of Earth Hour and it's an honour to be recognised as one of the best in Scotland for the fourth year in a row.

"Away from the big switch-off, doing little things everyday like switching off lights and turning off computers, we're saving money while also doing our bit for the environment.

"We've enjoyed great support from the public in the past and I'm sure that will continue as we hold a series of events across the county on March 19th."

WWF Scotland Director, Lang Banks, said: "It's fantastic to be able to recognise South Ayrshire Council for all their ongoing efforts in support of our annual Earth Hour initiative.

"This award clearly demonstrates the massive commitment of the Council and its residents to tackling climate change and protecting our brilliant planet.

"We look forward to working with South Ayrshire again for Earth Hour 2016 in March."

WWF's Earth Hour focuses the world's attention what people can do to help slow climate change. At 8.30pm on 19 March, hundreds of millions of people will turn off their lights for one hour, on the same night, all across the world in a huge, show of support for action on climate change and for a more sustainable future. 

*South Ayrshire – 2016 Earth Hour Activity

Floodlights will be switched off at: Alloway Kirk, St Nicholas Church Ruin, Fish Cross sculpture, Poet & Scholar sculpture, Loudoun Hall Courtyard, Auld Brig, Burns Statue Square, Kirkoswald church ruin, Stumpy Tower, Dundonald Castle (in consultation with Historic Scotland), Ayr Town Hall, Maybole Town Hall, Wallace Tower and St John's Tower. The lighting will generally be off for the whole weekend, although there may be exceptions, i.e. Ayr Town Hall is likely to be off for Earth Hour only.

Various events and workshops will be staged throughout the town including a Ghost Walk and workshops themed on the environment provided by our Rangers Service in Belleisle Park.  These will include tree planting and making seed bombs and bird feeding cones. 

For more information on Earth Hour 2016 visit: WWF