Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh

April 5, 2012 by staff 

Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh, Landmarks and buildings across Scotland will be plunged into darkness later today as part of a campaign against climate change. Earth Hour, organised by WWF, will see attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge, the Falkirk Wheel and the Scottish Parliament turn their lights off for 60 minutes at 8.30pm.

The event, which started in 2007, invites people and organisations across the world to switch off all non-essential lighting in a bid to highlight the impact climate change is having on people and nature.

WWF said last year millions of people took part, and that Scotland was the first country to secure backing from 100% of its cities and local authorities.

Other landmarks set to go dark for an hour include Perth Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Inverness Castle and the Scott Monument in Edinburgh.

Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, said: “We are very proud that Scotland is again getting behind WWF’s Earth Hour. From political leaders, schoolchildren, local authorities and landmarks, it is great to see so many people getting behind this global event.

“WWF’s Earth Hour has a unique ability to unite and empower people around the world. It gives everyone the chance to have some fun, to organise their own events, and at the same time be part of an incredibly powerful global event highlighting the impacts climate change is having on people and nature.”

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