Turning the lights out in Fife for Earth Hour

Fifers are being urged to turn out the lights for an hour this weekend to support action on climate change.

Earth Hour, which is run by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will see cities, communities and landmarks across the globe take part in the initiative this Saturday (March 25), and Fife Council is wanting locals to take part.

At 8.30pm, thousands of people from across Scotland will join millions around the world in turning off their lights for one hour in a huge, symbolic show of support for action on climate change, and for a more sustainable future.

Earth Hour is not just about how much energy is saved during the hour. Rather, it puts the spotlight on the issues facing the planet, to help inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably.

Fife Council is playing its part and plans to turn off the lights in key buildings in the largest towns in Fife for one hour.

These buildings are: Bankhead Central, Glenrothes; Fife House, Glenrothes; Town House, Kirkcaldy; City Chambers, Dunfermline and County Buildings, Cupar.

Ken Gourlay, Fife Council’s head of assets, transportation and environment, said: “Earth Hour occurs once a year, and local people and businesses are encouraged to turn their lights off for just 60 minutes in the evening. Please join in and help tackle climate change, reduce carbon emissions, and save energy, as well as your money.

“Earth Hour is a great way to encourage people to start thinking about the effects that climate change is having close to home, and also further afield. Fife Council, already has a whole range of innovative projects underway to reduce carbon emissions, reduce fuel poverty, drive down energy bills and tackle climate change.

“In Fife we are commitment to improving efficiency, for example, through the introduction of electric and hybrid vehicle technology to the Council fleet. As well as an anaerobic digester, a new wind turbine and supporting the University of St Andrews’ drive to create the UK’s first energy carbon neutral university and its Guardbridge Eden Campus, we are working closely with communities to develop even more low carbon initiatives.”

Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland, said: “We’re delighted that Fife Council is again 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.”

To find out more, access the Earth Hour Toolkit and to sign up visit http://www.earthhour.org