Friday, 8 March 2013
South Ayrshire businesses get ‘hands-on’ to support Earth Hour 2013
With the countdown to Earth Hour well under way, several businesses in South Ayrshire have come forward to lend their support to the Council’s campaign for 2013.
[Pictured: Taking a hands-on approach! Jeff Whittle, Treasurer of Ayr’s Independent Local Shops and Businesses Forum with Eileen Gray of Azure in Ayr and Sandra Ferguson of Taste Ayrshire add their support to Earth Hour 2013.]
Earth Hour will be on Saturday 23 March between 8.30pm and 9.30pm when lights at known local landmarks and public buildings will be switched off, in support of action for climate change.
This year, the Council was awarded the national ‘Earth Hour Champions’ accolade for 2012 as the most outstanding local authority in Scotland whose commitment to the campaign went over and beyond encouraging residents to switch their lights off.
Councillor John McDowall, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment said: “I’m proud that we’ve been crowned national champions, but we’re determined to get support from all over South Ayrshire to try and win this prestigious award two years in a row.
“To help us do this we’ve been asking local residents and businesses to sign up and pledge their support for this important cause and I’m delighted with the response so far.”
Councillor McDowall’s call for support has been echoed by Jeff Whittle, Secretary of Ayr’s Independent Shops and Businesses Co-operative and owner of Minuteman Press in Ayr who said: “Climate change affects us all and we fully support the Council’s drive to get people switching off their lights for an hour on 23 March.
“Earth Hour demonstrates, very visually, that climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our planet and I’d encourage all our local shops and businesses to get hands-on and sign up to take part in 2013.”
Mr Whittle’s comments were endorsed by Eileen Gray of Azure in Ayr and Sandra Ferguson of Taste Ayrshire who said: "We’re really pleased to offer our support to the Council for Earth Hour 2013, uniting millions of people across the planet, in a single voice for action on global climate change.
“We’d urge local shops, pubs, clubs and businesses to sign up at the Council’s website and show their support by switching off their lights for just 60 minutes on 23 March 2013.
Ideas for celebrating Earth Hour 2013 already include a ghost walk in Ayr, candle-lit suppers and even a game of golf in the dark – with prizes!
To register for this year's event please visit http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/ and also let us know what you'll be doing at: www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/earthhour
Councillor McDowall concluded: “The support from our local business community is especially pleasing and you’ll be able to see how many have signed up on our website.”
“We’re also keen to hear from our local residents or visitors to the area, so why not tell us what you’ll be doing for Earth Hour 2013 by signing up as well?
“By working together maybe we can reach our goal of becoming ‘Earth Hour Champions of the Year’ again in 2013!”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.