Don't forget to turn out the lights: Council marks Earth Hour

17 March 2014

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Woking Borough Council is helping to build a brighter future by supporting WWF's Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world's attention on our planet, and the need to protect it.

At 8.30pm on Saturday 29 March 2014, the Council will, subject to operational requirements, be joining forces with hundreds of millions of individuals, thousands of iconic landmarks, businesses and schools as they show their support for WWF. Earth Hour's unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with millions of individuals coming together each year, as 2013 saw a record-breaking 154 countries join the world's biggest celebration under the stars.

Last year, the Council joined over 10 million people in the UK, 3,500 schools, over 280 of the country's most iconic landmarks including Big Ben and the London Eye and more than 1,200 businesses to help plunge the UK into an hour of darkness.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, said: `As Woking is the new home of WWF-UK, we are extremely proud to show our support for Earth Hour and excited to be involved with such a great and inspiring event. Everyone can make a difference to help protect our planet and we all have a key role to play."

Shareen Brown, spokesperson for WWF-UK, said, "We're thrilled that Woking Borough Council will be taking part in Earth Hour this year and hope that they'll inspire many others to get involved. Earth Hour is more than just an hour of darkness, it's a chance for people to come together and send a global message about the need to protect our planet. By taking one simple step to switch off, you'll be joining millions of people from around the world in this special celebration."

Anyone can sign up for WWF's Earth Hour 2014. For more information and to sign up please visit www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour