TENNIS ace Andy Murray and Great British Bake Off star Flora Shedden are urging people across Scotland to take part in the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment – WWF’s Earth Hour.
Almost 200 countries and territories and over 7,000 cities are taking part – with all 24 time-zones included.
At 8.30pm hundreds of Scottish landmarks and buildings, including Edinburgh Castle, the Kelpies, BT Murrayfield Stadium, The SSE Hydro and thousands of homes will unite in a moment of symbolic action for the planet.This year Scotland’s political leaders also helped spread the word by taking part in #PassThePanda – taking selfies with our tartan clad pandas and tweeting to their followers.
Ahead of the big switch off, Andy Murray said: “Our planet is incredible and it’s up to us to make sure we take care of it for the next generation.
“That might seem like a really big job, but one simple way to show your support and help protect our planet is to take part in WWF’s Earth Hour.
“It’s fun, but there’s a serious message too – together we have the power to make real change happen.
“So whether you enjoy a candlelit dinner at home with friends, or a fun night of stargazing with the kids, switch off at 8.30pm for one hour and be part of something big.”
Great British Bake Off star Flora Shedden created a special Earth Hour recipe for a candlelit dinner.
She said: “I’m delighted to be supporting Earth Hour and hope as many people as possible get together with family and friends on Saturday and hold a candlelit dinner party and share selfies on social media.
“I’m passionate about food and about using the rich variety of locally grown fruit, vegetables and meats available here in Scotland.
“I will certainly be taking part in Earth Hour and taking the opportunity to try out a few new recipes for my book.”
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “It’s brilliant to have Andy Murray and Flora Shedden lend their support to Earth Hour.
“Every year I’m amazed and delighted at how the people of Scotland get behind Earth Hour.
“From schools and businesses to politicians, celebrities and iconic landmarks, we’ve received an amazing level of support and it’s been great hearing about all the different ways people plan to celebrate the hour.
“Lights around the world will go out for one hour today, but the need to take action extends throughout the year.
“For many people the symbolic event is a catalyst for change, with more than four-fifths of those who took part in Earth Hour last year feeling inspired to do more to help protect the planet.”
The most unusual event includes trying to break the record for the most amount of people performing a tree yoga pose at the iconic Kelpies.
WWF’s Earth Hour lights-out initiative began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as an awareness-raising exercise.
Earth Hour is one of the first open-sourced environmental campaigns. It has grown from a symbolic event in one city into a global movement, crowdsourcing actions from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to generate environmental outcomes.
Iconic buildings such as Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament and the Falkirk Wheel have taken part, alongside the Sydney Opera House, Eiffel Tower and Pyramids of Giza.