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Buckingham Palace to Switch Off for Earth Hour

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News | Buckingham Palace to Switch Off for Earth Hour | Andover & VillagesThe UK’s biggest ever Earth Hour will see almost 400 famous buildings including Buckingham Palace, The Shard and Edinburgh Castle, as well as millions of homes, restaurants and small businesses, switch of their lights from 8:30 – 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 24. The UK landmarks will join thousands of others from around the world from Sydney’s Opera House, to the Great Pyramids, to the Empire States Building, in the world’s largest event in support of the planet.

Please see here for a map of landmarks that will be switching off their lights for the hour and activity happening across the UK:

Millions of people around the world are expected to take part in Earth Hour this year, sending a powerful message to local and global leaders that saving our home should be at the top of their agendas. The hour is marked by landmarks, businesses and people switching their lights off for 60 minutes, and highlights the impact on our living planet of climate change, pollution, plastics and food production.

Beginning in Samoa at 6.30am GMT and ending 24 hours later in The Cook Islands, the 11th annual event will be celebrated in more than 7,000 cities in over 170 countries. Last year, more than 3,000 landmarks switched off their lights, with highlights this year including:

Sydney Opera House, Australia – GMT +11

Bird’s Nest Stadium, China – GMT +8

Grand Palace, Thailand – GMT +7

Burj Khalifa, UAE – GMT +4

Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, Russia – GMT +3

Pyramids of Egypt, Egypt – GMT +2

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City – GMT +1

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Brazil – GMT -3

Empire State Building, USA – GMT -4

El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico – GMT -6

In the UK, WWF is expecting record levels of participation in the event, with more than nine million people and 7,000 schools taking part, and almost 400 landmarks plunged into darkness. UK landmarks taking part include Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Cardiff Castle, The Shard, The Kelpies and Manchester Cathedral.

This year, WWF is also asking people across the UK to make a #PromiseForThePlanet and pledge to take one step in their own lived. The promises include carrying a reusable coffee cup, saying no to plastic cutlery and straws and washing our clothes at 30 degrees, and are small lifestyle changes people can make that together will have a big impact.

Join the event on Facebook and be part of the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #EarthHourUK, #PromiseForThePlanet and #ConnectToEarth and our handle, @wwf_uk.