Earth Hour is just a few weeks away now and there’s a growing sense of excitement as we see more and more Welsh organisations signing up.
We’re looking forward to seeing Wales going dark for the hour at 8:30PM on Saturday 28 March, to show support for our planet.
The WWF Cymru team here in Cardiff has been beavering away, spreading the word about the event.
Our Earth Hour intern Mel Adey is busy helping Welsh councils, landmarks and businesses get involved. As well as trying to get more buildings than ever before going dark during the hour, Mel is on hand to provide posters, postcards and stickers for your organisation.
Notable Welsh landmarks once again taking part include Bangor University, the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth and Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
But it’s not just the big landmarks that count – Mel’s signed up many smaller local landmarks including Wrexham Parish Church and a site she knows well from past childhood holidays, Machynlleth Clock Tower.
Alongside these landmarks a number of well-known businesses will be joining in. Staff of John Lewis are looking forward to going dark again this year in their Cardiff store, and IKEA Cardiff has maintained its high levels of enthusiasm from last year when it embraced the Pass the Panda campaign.
This year Ikea will have a craft area during the day where children can create environmental ‘super heroes’ to save the world. They will also be getting their staff involved in a “what did you do this Earth Hour?” photo competition.
As Earth Hour is all about people coming together in celebration of our planet, we are encouraging restaurants to host candle-lit dinners. The restaurants in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff and Newport’s Hilton Hotel are on board and we hope that many more will join them over the next few weeks.
Feeling inspired? Here’s how you too can get involved:
- Sign up – Follow this link and you can choose to sign up as yourself and/or on behalf of your organisation. And while you’re there, you can add yourselves to the Earth Hour map!
- If you’re a Welsh business or organisation taking part and looking to promote your involvement, please email Mel at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can provide you with Earth Hour posters, postcards and stickers.
- Switch off non-essential lighting on the night itself – 8:30PM-9:30PM on Saturday 28 March
- Share your plans and on-the-night photos on social media – use the hashtags #EarthHourUK and #LightsOutCymru
- There are plenty of ideas on the Earth Hour website of fun things to do on the night. That includes Earth Hour recipes and a list of 60 things to do in the dark
How will you be marking Earth Hour in Wales? Let us know in the comments below.