Bournemouth Council to join big switch-off for Earth Hour

Posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018
This Saturday, 24 March 2018 at 8.30pm, Bournemouth Borough Council will be turning off the lights for Bournemouth Pier and the outside of the Town Hall for one hour to celebrate the conservation charity WWF’s campaign, Earth Hour.

The Council will unite with millions of people, cities, communities and landmarks around the globe in a global visual display of commitment to tackle urgent environmental issues and protect our planet.

 Bournemouth Borough Council is also taking action by making an Earth Hour Promise to reduce the amount of disposable plastic items used and sold by Council catering outlets. Employees are encouraged to make a promise too and change one thing in their everyday life that will help protect our planet, from using a reusable coffee cup to recycling waste food.

Councillor Mike Greene, portfolio holder for Transport, Cleansing and Waste, said: “We strongly encourage local communities and partners in Bournemouth to join us and make an Earth Hour promise, as part of the global lights out event on Saturday 24 March at 8.30pm. Together we can make a difference.”

This month Councillor Greene led the Council to take a stand on plastic waste and backs the Earth Hour Promise to reduce the amount of disposable plastic items used and sold by Council catering outlets. This comes on top of the Council achieving its target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its own operations by 34% three years early and proposing a new target of a 42% reduction for 2020.

The Council is also one of only three UK cities to be certified as ‘compliant’ under the global Compact of Mayors emissions reporting scheme, for the second year running.

Cllr Greene added: “Behaving responsibly towards our planet is key if Bournemouth is to be seen as a Green Economy Leader and that is our aim. I hope residents and local businesses will be inspired to join our efforts for Earth Hour.”

For more information and to make a promise please visit: www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour