The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 2 April 2011

South Ayrshire switches off to help tackle climate change

Residents across South Ayrshire proved their commitment to sustainability and tackling climate change last weekend, taking the second top spot – South Ayrshire’s highest ever placing – in the UK and Ireland for the percentage of residents 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; St Nicholas Church Ruin in Prestwick; Fish Cross sculpture, High Street, Ayr; Poet & Scholar sculpture, High Street, Ayr; Loudoun Hall Courtyard; Auld Brig, Ayr; Burns Statue, Burns Statue Square, Ayr; Kirkoswald church ruin, Kirkoswald; Stumpy Tower, Girvan; Dundonald Castle (in consultation with Historic Scotland); Ayr, Newmarket Street feature lighting (in consultation with Ayr Renaissance); Ayr Town Hall; Ayr, Wallace Tower Ayr, St John’s Tower and Maybole Town Hall.

David Anderson, Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council (pictured above) 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.

“This is a significant achievement and the key thing now is to keep up the good work that was started during Earth Hour. We need to maintain the momentum of switching-off when we can and making every effort to reduce our carbon footprint.

“I’m sure Earth Hour made us all think about how easy it is to do – switching off equipment rather than leaving it on standy-by mode, turning off our lights, using low-energy light bulbs, only using the amount of water we need in the kettle. These are all small things but they make a big difference.

“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.”

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