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Earth Hour - Thank you!

Written by CarbonCulture Team from UK Parliament on 1st April 2014

Parliament once again switched off its lights for Earth Hour. Thank you to all those who turned off their lights and helped us with this campaign.  At 8.30pm on Saturday 29th March the Palace of Westminster including Big Ben and Portcullis House were plunged into darkness to help raise awareness of the need to act on climate change.    All our non- essential internal and external lighting was switched off and you can see the result here


Why did Parliament sign up?   

Earth Hour is an international campaign which aims to raise awareness of the need to act on climate change seeking participants worldwide to switch off their lights in unison, as a collective display of commitment to a better future for the planet.   

Your help in switching off the lights saw a 3% reduction in electrical demand for the Palace of Westminster for that hour.   

To find out more on Earth Hour visit the WWF Earth Hour website and if you would like to hear about initiatives Parliament is involved in, please keep checking this website or contact Parliament’s  Environment Team.


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Deborah on 23rd April 2014 at 11:14 a.m.

I think this is a wonderful intiative, however this is something people should be participating in all year round. Why don't you set up a 'energy down' day just for parliament?

Bex on 24th April 2014 at 3:40 p.m.

We agree! With 3% saving from just lights what could we do if everyone turned off all their electricals as well as lights every night across the whole estate!?! Why not join our workshop on Wednesday 30th April in the Atlee Suite to see what can do together? Hope you can make it and share your idea of the 'energy down' day.

watec 914 on 17th September 2015 at 5:31 a.m.

I like your blog. I enjoyed reading your blog. It was amazing. Thanks a lot.

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