The lights at Lewis War Memorial will be switched off at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 24th, as Comhairle nan Eilean Siar participates in World Earth Hour.
Starting as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and sees tens of thousands of people globally switch-off their electric lights for one hour.
Last year more than 10 million people in the UK, and 172 countries and 7,000 towns and cities around the globe, took part in marking Earth Hour, with the illuminations at some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, including Big Ben, The Sydney Opera House, and the Eiffel Tower, switched-off for 60 minutes.
In 2011, Scotland became the first country in the world to have all its local authorities participating in Earth Hour, something that was applauded globally.
This record will be maintained again this year, with all Scottish councils committed to taking part; and at 8.30pm on Saturday March 24th, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will participate in World Earth Hour for the ninth year running by switching off the lights at the Lewis War Memorial, on the outskirts of Stornoway.
World Earth Hour is not just for local authorities however; thousands of people in Scotland will be switching off their own lights in a huge, symbolic show of support for action on climate change and a more sustainable future.
Whether you spend your time reflecting under the stars, or even playing your favourite board games using candlelight, Earth Hour is a moment to say you’ll do your bit to protect the planet.
To find out more, sign-up and show your support, or host an Earth Hour event, please visit www.earthhour.org