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Residents across South Ayrshire proved their commitment to sustainability and tackling climate change at the weekend, taking the second top spot – South Ayrshire’s highest ever placing – in the UK and Ireland for the percentage of people from an area participating in WWF’s Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a visible way to demonstrate support to combat climate change by switching lights off for one hour and between 8.30pm and 9.30pm across the UK and Ireland on Saturday 26 March, South Ayrshire was just pipped to the post for first place, with only the Shetland Isles having more of its residents taking part.

Earth Hour started in Australia 2007 when millions of people and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to demonstrate their support to combat climate change. Since then, the movement has grown from strength to strength and many iconic landmarks across the globe such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Eiffel Tower now switch off during Earth Hour.

In South Ayrshire, many landmarks that are normally illuminated with floodlighting were switched off including Alloway Kirk Auld Brig, Ayr; Burns Statue, Burns Statue Square, Ayr; Kirkoswald church ruin, Kirkoswald; Stumpy Tower, Girvan; and Maybole Town Hall.

David Anderson, Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council said: “I would like to thank everyone who demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and tackling climate change by taking part in Earth Hour and establishing South Ayrshire as one of the most environmentally-aware areas across the UK and Ireland.

“By changing our habits on a daily basis, we can have a real impact not only on our own energy use but we can also make a difference for the future of our planet – and that’s something we can all be proud of.”