Sign up for Earth Hour 2011
Published Friday, 18 March 2011
Everyone is being encouraged to register to take part in Earth Hour 2011.
The Council, which has become the latest Scottish local authority to sign up to WWF's Earth Hour 2011, is now urging local residents, schools, businesses and other organisations to do the same.
At 8.30pm on Saturday 26 March the people of South Lanarkshire will join thousands across Scotland and millions across the globe in switching off their lights for 60 minutes in a graphic demonstration of support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change.
This is the council's third year of supporting Earth Hour and the lights on many council buildings, monuments, museums and bridges will be switched off as in previous years.
Some of the landmark buildings taking parting include Hamilton Mausoleum, Bothwell Bridge, Garrion Bridge and Strathaven Castle.
Last year millions of people in 128 countries worldwide took part including some of the world's most recognisable landmarks - Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower and the Pyramids of Giza.
And in Scotland some 300 schools joined hundreds of businesses, organisations and community groups for the big switch off. Some of the country's most iconic landmarks went dark including Edinburgh Castle, The Falkirk Wheel, Inverness Castle, the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood House and the Clyde Arc.
On the night people celebrated Earth Hour with candle-lit meals, torch-lit walks, pub quizzes and even a game of night golf. WWF is hoping for even more fun and innovative ideas this year.
Dr Richard Dixon, WWF Scotland's Director, said: "It is great news that South Lanarkshire Council has given its backing to WWF's Earth Hour 2011. We are working hard to make this year's event bigger and better than ever and support from local communities is invaluable.
Whether you are on your own or with friends or family there are lots of ways you can celebrate Earth Hour. To take part simply register online today.
"While the world still waits for nations to agree a new legally binding agreement to reduce global climate emissions, we must all continue to encourage more local action to reduce pollution. Earth Hour is one simple way for people to show their support for strong action on climate change. However, we also hope it will inspire people to think what they can do beyond the Hour to tackle climate change at home, in their work place and in their community."
The council's decision to join WWF's Earth Hour highlights its commitment to this issue and demonstrates to others around the world that Scotland continues to be serious about action to address climate change.
Earth Hour acts as a great reminder to us all to live in a more sustainable way in our everyday lives. This year the council is hoping that residents will turn out their lights, for a few minutes at least, between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on 26th March in support of this important issue.