Ayrshire celebrates Earth Hour 2016

South Ayrshire Council was last week encouraging people to get involved in this year’s Earth Hour to support climate change action.

They joined hundreds of millions of people around the world in turning off lights for an hour, to show support for action on climate change and a more sustainable future.

This year’s event, which included switching off floodlighting on many of South Ayrshire’s most iconic landmarks as well as a range of activities, took place at 8:30pm on Saturday 19 March 2016.

The event was supported by employees, partners, community groups and a range of local businesses.

South Ayrshire Council was recently recognised by WWF for the fourth year in a row for its ongoing commitment to championing environmental sustainability, having been named runner up in Scotland for its Earth Hour programme in 2015.

Mike Newall, Head of Neighbourhood Services at South Ayrshire Council, said, “We’re proud to support Earth Hour, an event which places world resources at its heart, but in a way which everyone can connect with.

“The simple act of switching off the lights, computers and chargers, and challenging the way we think about the world can make a difference.

“Our events have been well supported in the past and we’re confident that we’ll enjoy good turnouts for the many events being put on to celebrate the day on March 19.”

South Ayrshire – Earth Hour Activity 2016

Floodlights were switched off at: Alloway Kirk, St Nicholas Church Ruin, Fish Cross sculpture, Poet & Scholar sculpture, Loudoun Hall Courtyard, Auld Brig, Burns Statue Square, Kirkoswald church ruin, Stumpy Tower, Dundonald Castle, Ayr Town Hall, Maybole Town Hall, Wallace Tower, St John’s Tower. Belleisle planting project.

Members of the public could join in at Belleisle Conservatory at 1:30pm on the 19th to help plant a native broadleaved tree, making native seed bombs and pine cone bird feeders.

Everyone was welcome, wear suitable outdoor clothing. People could also take a selfie and make a pledge with Wallace the WWF Earth Hour panda #PassThePanda to help spread the word about #EarthHourUK.

The ghost walk, which was fully booked, met at Ayr Town Hall, the audience w travelled back through time over the old cobbled streets into Ayr’s more chilling history.

They spent time in the old Citadel and St. John’s tower before returning to the Town Hall to enter the ghostly jail cells. Since it first began in Sydney Australia in 2007, the number of countries taking part in Earth Hour has grown to an incredible 172 countries and territories – a number that keeps rising every year!