Scottish Canals will join millions of people from 187 countries around the world in switching off their lights for one hour on Saturday 24th March at 8.30pm.
The lights illuminating the internationally-renowned landmarks The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies, will be turned off for an hour to help to shine a spotlight on the issues facing the planet and reminding us that, together, we have the power to make change happen.
Since 2007, WWF’s Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon. This year, as iconic landmarks, organisations and businesses switch off in solidarity, the spotlight turns to the 1 in 6 species at risk of extinction from climate change. As recent media such as BBC’s Blue Planet raises public awareness about the plight of species suffering from rapidly changing climates, for Earth Hour 2018 WWF is asking people to make a promise for their planet to live more sustainably.
As part of the celebrations, our very own kilted panda, Wanda, will be taking a trip around the canal network. Follow us on Twitter @ScottishCanals to keep up with her antics!
Top tips for making change happen
- Help us to save money by switching off lights and computers when not in use
- Make sure you have a full load before you use the washing machine – one full load uses less energy than two half loads
- Turn your heating thermostat down by 1oC and cut up to £85 off your heating costs
- Replace any traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) and save up to £5 per bulb each year
- Turn off the tap when you are cleaning your teeth. A running tap uses around 6 litres of drinking water a minute
- Avoid standby, switch off appliances when not in use and save £30 on your electricity bills each year
- If you would like to save more energy at home contact http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/home-energy-scotland
- Why not see what else you could do to reduce your impact by calculating your environmental footprint at footprint.wwf.org.uk
- Scottish Canals cares about managing the environment responsibly.Responding to emerging environmental challenges, reducing our impact and enhancing the environment is integral to what we do now and to our future success
To find out more, have a look at Scottish Canals’ Environment Strategy 2015-25.