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The night Wales went dark

 
Blog_Senedd-before-and-afterThe Senedd (Welsh Assembly building) went dark for Earth Hour 2015. Photo: Nick Treharne / WWF Cymru

Even for cynical grown-ups, there is something a bit magical about candlelight.

The restaurant I was in for Earth Hour decided they liked the darkness so much, they would leave the lights off after the hour was over!

A few days after the event itself, I find myself sifting through photos captured on the night.

There are the landmarks that switched off and took on a different quality.

Caernarfon castle loomed large in the darkness. The Senedd switched off in support, echoing the AMs from all parties who joined our event. The Millennium Centre went green (they had a performance on so took a different approach).

Blog_Caernarfon-before-and-afterCaernarfon Castle was one of many historic Cadw sites to switch off. Photo: Eye Imagery / WWF Cymru

14 of Wales’ 22 local councils signed up this year. Businesses supported Earth Hour as well, including Ikea Wales, John Lewis in Cardiff and Cwmbran Shopping Centre.

John Lewis, Cardiff was one of the businesses supporting Earth Hour 2015.John Lewis, Cardiff was one of the businesses supporting Earth Hour 2015. Photo: Betina Skovbro / WWF Cymru

It was lovely to see the photos of you enjoying Earth Hour too. This year we had a ‘dine in the dark’ theme and many restaurants across Wales got involved, from Plas Bodegroes in Pwllheli to Milgi in Cardiff.

Dining in the dark at Enoch's fish and chips , Llandudno Junction.Dining in the dark at Enoch’s fish and chips , Llandudno Junction. Photo: Eye Imagery / WWF Cymru PitchResturant11aA candlelit night out in Pitch bar & restaurant, Cardiff city centre. Photo: Betina Skovbro / WWF Cymru

And how wonderful to see so many of you enjoying Earth Hour at home. We saw loads of creative #LightsOutCymru tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram photos – all helping to get the message out there.

One of your candlelit dinners - shared on Twitter with #LightsOutCymru. Photo: Hilary MayOne of your candlelit dinners – shared on Twitter with #LightsOutCymru. Photo: Hilary May

As for me and the WWF Cymru team, it’s been brilliant being part of this year’s Earth Hour. I think what makes it so special is feeling part of a world-wide action. I love the idea that flicking off the light switch here in Wales follows millions of others in time zones ahead of ours, and will be followed by millions more across the atlantic.

It’s a lot of fun and hopefully a strong reminder that people do care about our world.

So how was it for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next year – thank you so much for your support. Diolch o galon.

The WWF Cymru team supporting Earth Hour.Thanks from the WWF Cymru team! The panda’s called Pippa, in case you were wondering. Photo: Betina Skovbro / WWF Cymru

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