The 10th anniversary of Earth Hour takes place on 25th March between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, and over half a million people in Wales will take part. The annual event sees millions of people worldwide switch off their lights to shine a light on climate change.
To mark the occasion, WWF Cymru will broadcast an exclusive Facebook Live performance by Welsh Music Prize nominee, The Gentle Good, which people can watch online whilst they take part at home or with friends.
Iconic Welsh landmarks taking part include Caernarfon Castle, National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, and the Senedd and Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Here in Cardiff, my favourite pizza people Dusty Knuckle are holding a special, candlelit event which you can find out more about here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1288396861196317. Meanwhile, Grey restaurant at The Hilton Hotel (which recently won energy efficiency award) will be dimming their lights for a selection of candlelit dinners.
As for me – the same as last year, I’ll be having a candlelit dinner in my garden with plenty of sparklers.
So why should YOU take part? Global temperatures have been rising for over a century, speeding up in recent years, and are now at their highest. 2016 was the hottest year on record, beating the previous two records of 2015 and 2014.
In Wales, the communities we call home and our incredible nature are also at risk. Over 5,000 listed buildings and 12,000 archaeological sites lie in floodplains and valley bottoms which would be flooded by rising seas. Our beautiful Welsh wildlife, including seabirds and butterflies, will be impacted, while wildfires associated with warmer weather will damage forests and moorland.
With 178 countries joining in for Earth Hour, WWF Cymru would like you demonstrate that climate change concerns you too. Let them know you care, by adding yourself to this map: http://bit.ly/2jGIEWI and don’t forget to tweet using