There were celebrations in the shadow of The Falkirk Wheel today (15th March), as WWF Scotland presented Scottish Canals with the Earth Hour Public Body Runner-Up Award.
The award recognises the organisation’s contribution to the global WWF Earth Hour movement and its efforts in tackling climate change. The WWF panda paid a visit to the world’s only rotating boat lift to present the award to Dr Olivia Lassiere, Scottish Canals’ Environment Manager, and Shaun Niven, Operations Manager at The Falkirk Wheel.
As part of its support of the annual event, 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 canal custodians will turn off the lights illuminating the internationally-renowned landmarks The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies, helping 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.
“Caring for Scotland’s 137-mile-long canal network presents Scottish Canals with a number of unique environmental opportunities and challenges, and we recently launched a comprehensive environment strategy which outlines our current and ongoing commitment to environmental management. This will play a key role in working towards the Scottish canals acting as catalysts for sustainable development in communities across the nation.”
Sam Gardner, acting director of WWF Scotland, said: “We’re delighted that Scottish Canals is taking part in WWF’s Earth Hour. It’s an opportunity for us all to demonstrate in a simple way that we care about our planet and the impact climate change is having on people and nature across the world. With 1 in 6 of the world’s species at risk of extinction from climate change, there has never been a more important time to call for action.”
Everyone can join the celebration for WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 24th March 2018. For more information and to sign up please visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour
Scottish Canals’ Environment Strategy can be viewed at https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/corporate/about-us/your-environment-and-heritage/environment-strategy/