Abbey switches off for ‘Earth Hour’

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Arbroath Abbey is joining in with the landmark decision to raise awareness of the impact of climate change by dousing its lights.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Abbey will take part in the World Wildlife Foundation’s ‘Earth Hour’ event which will see landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House, go dark simultaneously to show their support for action on climate change.

‘Earth Hour’ began in 2007 in Australia and has become a global phenomenon and it is expected that millions of people across 154 nations will take part with the activities being monitored on Twitter via the hashtag #BeBrilliant.

Susan Loch, head of visitor operations for Historic Scotland, said: “A grassroots movement which has grown into a global phenomenon in just a few years, ‘Earth Hour’ does a wonderful job of highlighting the problem of climate change. I am delighted that we will once again be supporting this worthwhile cause by joining landmarks around the world to switch off the floodlights at a number of our properties.

“As Scotland’s biggest operator of visitor attractions, reducing energy use in our properties is very important to us and as an agency, we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions, as outlined in our Climate Change Action Plan which was launched in 2012.”

Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland, added: “This year looks set to be another amazing event with people, organisations and communities up and down the country joining together in a dramatic hour of action on climate change.

“WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple way to show support for protecting our brilliant planet by tackling climate change. Historic Scotland’s decision to become an ‘Earth Hour’ star demonstrates their commitment to this issue.”