Switching off to help the planet

Every year, at 8.30pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world switch off their lights to show support for our planet.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 11:28 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 11:35 am
Earth Hour takes place on Saturday

But Earth Hour goes far beyond the symbolic action of switching off - it has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people and collective action.

This November sees COP26, the global climate change conference, taking place in Glasgow.

In the lead up to the event, partners across Dumfries and Galloway are highlighting the target to be a net zero carbon region by 2025.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Climate Change Project Officer, Sarah Farrell, said: “We are working really hard towards the target of making Dumfries and Galloway A Net Zero Carbon region by 2025.

"Events like Earth Hour are opportunities for us to highlight the special ambitions of this region, especially as we look towards the November COP26 conference.”

Dougie Campbell, the council’s Environment Champion, added: “As we’ve seen in the last few years people power really can create change for the good of everyone.

"A global response coupled with local action is critical if we’re to tackle climate change and taking the time to mark Earth Hour is a clear demand for action.

"Our generation needs to respond to the emergency we are facing to secure a future for the generations to come.”

For more information and to get involved visit www.earthhour.org.