Millions to take part in Earth Hour 2015

Around the world millions of people, communities and iconic landmarks are preparing to come together and switch off their lights for one hour on Saturday 28th March at 8.30pm for WWF’s Earth Hour – a symbolic and spectacular display to show they care about our brilliant planet.

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Over 9 million individuals took part last year in the UK and hundreds of millions joined in globally, across a record 162 countries.  Earth Hour is a chance to take action to protect our planet, not just for an hour, but every day. 85 per cent* of those that took part in 2014 said that they felt inspired to do more to protect the planet, such as making small changes to live more sustainably and reduce their impact on the environment.
 
Britain’s leading tennis star and WWF global ambassador Andy Murray, TV presenter and actor Cel Spellman and leaders of the main UK political parties, including David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Boris Johnson are all lending their support.  And of course, many iconic landmarks will go dark to show their support for Earth Hour.  This year Big Ben and Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Manchester Old Trafford, the Blackpool Tower and Edinburgh Castle are all confirmed to switch off.  Some of the UK’s biggest business names are also supporting – including Sky, BT, HSBC and Coca-Cola.  Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels and the Ambassador Theatre Group are also joining in and taking part.  

Around the world over 700 landmarks will be switching off their lights – monuments and sites like Christ the Redeemer (Brazil), Quito historical centre (Ecuador), Brandenburg Castle (Germany), Eiffel Tower (France), Sagrada Familia (Spain), Seattle Space Needle (USA) will go dark. They will be joined by more than 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as theCologne Cathedral (Germany), The Acropolis (Greece), El Alhambra(Spain), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Sintra (Portugal) and Suomenlinna (Finland) who will also switch off their iconic lights to mark the moment.


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To celebrate Earth Hour there’s also a whole host of activities to kick start the hour-long ‘lights out’ – from pandas touring the UK to rally support and spread the word, to world-class designers and artists launching a special collection of ‘Everyday Things’ made from upcycled and unwanted waste objects, to special Earth Hour celebrity chef recipes that are available online for people to create and enjoy during the hour.  Find out more about what else is happening below:

With many of us choosing to host a special candlelit dinner during the hour, WWF has teamed up with celebrity chefs Raymond Blanc, Valentine Warner, Tom Aikens, Ken Hom, Rachel de Thample and Ching-He Huangto offer exclusive Earth Hour recipes using sustainably sourced ingredients that people can easily cook at home. These dishes are not only good for us, but also good for the planet.  

You can also celebrate Earth Hour at your favourite local eatery this year as WWF has partnered with the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) to bring candlelit suppers to diners across the UK on 28th March, at 8.30pm.  Diners can choose from some of their restaurants to match their sustainability priorities, so whether you’re looking for sustainable seafood, an all-organic experience or a menu that’s local and seasonal, SRA’s Restaurant Guide has it covered.  Some of SRA restaurants will also be fundraising for Earth Hour by adding £1 to each bill in support of WWF’s vital conservation work.

If you’re a selfie fan then help protect our oceans this Earth Hour by joining in with a special activity with the Marine Stewardship Council(MSC). This year they are calling on people to sign up to Earth Hour and support sustainable fishing by sharing their best  #fishface on social media. Show us your best trout pout for Earth Hour!

London’s South Bank will be the focal point for the big Earth Hour switch off, with iconic landmarks, restaurants and bars joining in the celebrations on the 28th March. For a third year running WWF has teamed up with the destination management consortium South Bank London and visitors coming to the area can experience candlelit dinners in many of its bars and restaurants, such as OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie, and enjoy great views of the UK’s biggest London landmarks, including Southbank Centre and National Theatre as they switch off.  

Leading the lights out moment, the world-famous OXO Tower will be joining in with a spectacular display to mark Earth Hour. Residents and visitors to London’s South Bank will be invited to look up during the hour for a special Earth Hour surprise.  Find out more about what’s on at www.southbanklondon.com.

Do The Green Thing have supported Earth Hour for the past three years and for 2015 they have worked with WWF to bring together world-class designers and artists to create a collection of everyday objects that inspire people to live more sustainably.  The #EverydayThings collection uses daily objects as canvases to show how creativity can lead the way in encouraging people to live a greener lifestyle. Take a look at these inspiring works of art, and the stories behind them to see how creativity can help spread the Earth Hour message.   

And finally….here in the UK a number of WWF ‘pandas’ are embarking on a UK tour to help spread the word about how people can get involved. Pandas will be appearing in a town or city near you so watch this space – the tour begins in Newcastle and ends in London.

Find out more about all of our Earth Hour activities and how to sign up and get yourself on the Earth Hour map by visiting: wwf.org.uk/earthhourJoin the conversation on social media too: #EarthHourUK

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For further information, please contact:

Kellie Rollings, tel: 07990 661336 , email: krollings@wwf.org.uk, Twitter: @kellierollings

Editor's notes

*Figures sourced from NfP Synergy 2014

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, creating solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature thrive.  Find out more about our work, past and present at wwf.org.uk.

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour, organised by WWF, is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. Last year was the biggest yet, with hundreds of millions of people taking part across a record 162 countries and 7,000 towns and cities alongside world famous landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to Times Square in New York. Earth Hour continues to have a real and lasting impact beyond the hour, from crowdfunding to help protect critically endangered species, to campaigns to protect The Great Barrier Reef.  In 2015 Earth Hour will be held on 28th March 2015 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

Image credits and captions:

Celebrity Chef Recipes
© Recipes by Ching-He Huang and property of www.chinghehuang.com 
Raymond Blanc © Kenwood
Confit duck leg cassoulet landscape_© Jean Cazals 2002
Rachel De Thample © Nassima Rothacker

Every Day Things Collection
All photography © Nick Turner
Discarded Vase
Daniel Weil As Vulture Does
David Shrigley Hawaiian Beach Lights 
Sophie Thomas M.A.T.S Hudson-Powell