Cadw celebrates Earth Hour

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Cadw is helping to build a brighter future by supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world’s attention on the planet

Picture of Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

On 29 March, at 8.30pm, Cadw will be joining forces with hundreds of millions of individuals, thousands of iconic landmarks, businesses and schools as they show their support for our brilliant world. Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with millions of individuals coming together each year. 2013 saw a record-breaking 154 countries join the world’s biggest celebration under the stars. 

Last year in Wales, over 250 schools, half of Welsh councils and 30 Assembly Members from all parties supported Earth Hour.

Many iconic Welsh buildings joined in, including Conwy Castle, Castell Coch, Caernarfon Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Conwy Castle; Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities, Wales Millennium Centre, The Oval, the Senedd, St David's Hotel, the National Library in Wales and others.

Across the UK over 10 million people took part and more than 1,200 businesses including global brands Sky and IKEA helped plunge the UK into an hour of darkness.

To celebrate Earth Hour 2014, we will be:

• Switching off all non-essential lights in Caernarfon Castle, Castell Coch, Tintern Abbey, Kidwelly Castle and Caerphilly Castle at 8.30pm on 29 March for the hour
• Encouraging our social media followers to sign up by promoting the event through our social media channels.

Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru, said

'We’re thrilled that Cadw will be taking part in Earth Hour this year and hope that they’ll inspire many others to get involved.  Earth Hour is more than just an hour of darkness, it’s a chance for people to come together and send a global message about the need to protect our planet.  By taking one simple step to switch off, you’ll be joining millions of people from around the world in this special celebration.'

All of the money raised will go towards WWF’s vital conservation work in the Mara, Kenya, one of the most spectacular places on Earth and home to some of the world’s most iconic wildlife including lions, cheetahs and African elephants. This incredible landscape is also central to national and local economies and directly supports the livelihoods of more than one million people. WWF is helping to create a brighter future for the Mara, from helping communities address human-wildlife conflict to providing local wildlife rangers with much needed equipment and training.

Everyone can sign up for WWF’s Earth Hour 2014. For more information and to sign up, visit www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour