On Saturday 29 March, millions of people across the UK switched off their lights in a symbolic display of appreciation and awareness for our brilliant planet. As the UK plunged into darkness at 8:30pm, individuals across the country celebrated with garden parties, candlelit dinners and moonlit walks – all with one united goal: to protect our planet. Here are my highlights…
The morning of Earth Hour saw spectacular scenes in London, as a crowd of 60 pandas were unleashed across Southbank, breaking into dance, photo-bombing and hi-fiving stunned passers-by. The response couldn’t have been more fantastic; the pandas seemed to brighten up the already beautifully sunny London morning and they brought a smile to many faces. Everyone was keen to find out more about Earth Hour and what they can do to get involved. As I walked with these pandas I couldn’t help but think how incredible it is to be a part of something so amazing and worthwhile.
Here’s some footage of our Panda flash mob in London
As the lights went out across the UK, Sophie Ellis Bextor headlined an exclusive intimate gig in London’s Southbank centre to celebrate Earth Hour. She lit up the room in her solar-powered dress and performed a set from her new album – including some of her older classics!
There were a couple of famous faces in the crowd, including Dougie from Mcfly and Lydia Bright from TOWIE, who were keen to show their support for WWF and Earth Hour.
The day was extremely hectic and a bit surreal, but a huge success! It’s something that anyone can get involved in by just switching off their lights more and pledging to live a greener lifestyle.
This year, hundreds of millions of people in a record 162 countries participated- making this the biggest Earth Hour celebration yet. In the UK, over 20,000 people got in touch to share their Earth Hour plans on our interactive map, more than 4,600 schools and over 1,000 businesses and organisations got involved with their own Earth Hour events. Big Ben, London Eye, Durham Castle, Brighton Pier and Old Trafford were just a few of the UK’s iconic landmarks that switched off for the hour.
Each year Earth Hour gets bigger and bigger, and I hope that one day this will become an iconic event that is recognised by everyone.
If Earth Hour has inspired you to protect our brilliant planet, check out how you can go beyond the hour.
This blog is written by Lian Peacham, Earth Hour Officer.
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