Earth Hour: Thousands of Scots switch off lights

Cyclist in Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during Earth Hour The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow was one of many sites across Scotland that marked Earth Hour

Related Stories

Thousands of Scots switched off their lights for an hour to mark an annual climate change campaign.

Nearly 9,000 people in Scotland had signed up for Earth Hour, which was started by environmental charity WWF in 2007.

Some of the country's best-known landmarks, including Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Rail Bridge, were plunged into darkness for the event.

Earth Hour got under way at 20:30 on Saturday.

Nearly 900 Scottish schools took part in the event, which was designed to highlight the impact climate change is having on people and nature.

WWF Scotland said it had also been offered the support of all 32 of Scotland's local authorities, as well as businesses and other organisations.

'Spooky walk'

Events that were planned for Earth Hour included an astronomy and wildlife-watching event near Broadford on the Isle of Skye and a "spooky walk" in the Auld Kirk and the Auld Brig in Ayr.

The Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, the Falkirk Wheel, Glasgow City Chambers, the Scottish Parliament and the McCaig Tower in Oban were among Scottish landmarks that were switched off.

The event in Scotland was part of a global campaign, with millions of people in more than 150 countries expected to take part.

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: "We are very proud that Scotland is again getting behind WWF's Earth Hour in such a big way.

"From political leaders, school children, local authorities and landmarks, it is great to see so many people getting behind this global event."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Scotland stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Baby in boxStrange case

    The remarkable appeal of the Finnish baby boxes


  • WW1 gas mask being demonstratedTrench terror

    Did the soldiers of WW1 have an irrational fear of poison gas?


  • Mitt Romney, speaks at the podium as he concedes the presidency during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention 7 November 2012Aura of a loser?

    Mitt Romney looked presidential but could never pull it off


  • A woman holds up a feminist sign.PC virus

    Is liberal speech policing out of control?


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ReadingBest books

    BBC Culture takes a look at ten books you should read in February

Programmes

  • A car being driven by Cruise Automation technologyClick Watch

    The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.