20th March 2014
Scottish cyclist Callum Skinner turns Earth Hour star
Cycling champion Callum Skinner is getting
on his bike to support the WWF Scotland Earth Hour. Several of this summer's Commonwealth Games' venues have also announced that they will be going dark on Saturday
29th March as part of the global event.
Glasgow 2014, organisers of the Commonwealth Games, will be switching of the lights at Commonwealth House HQ while
Glasgow Life will be flicking the switch off at the Emirates Arena, including
the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
At 8.30pm on Saturday 29th March buildings and iconic landmarks across Scotland will join those in hundreds of countries around the world by going dark in a graphic demonstration of support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change. When the lights switch off, it is our planet's time to shine.
Callum Skinner said, "It's great to be here in Glasgow at the Velodrome named
after the man who inspired me to take up the sport, Sir Chris Hoy. Getting involved in sport, and in particular cycling, gets you fit and getting
on your bike for shorter journeys helps cut pollution. I'm delighted
Glasgow 2014 is getting behind WWF's Earth Hour."
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, said, "Glasgow 2014 intends to deliver a meaningfully
sustainable Commonwealth Games. Sustainability is a key factor with all
of our decisions and is about making both a positive and innovative impact
where and when we can. Our current transformation of Hampden Park to a
temporary athletics stadium, which involves raising the surface on an
innovative base of thousands of steel posts rather than with an infill of
tonnes of solid material, is one such example of our commitment in this area.
"By supporting Earth Hour we hope to encourage others to think about ways they can make positive and lasting changes in the way they use resources now and in the future."
Lang Banks, Director of WWF Scotland, said, "It's fantastic to be launching Earth Hour with the news
that Glasgow 2014 and some of their venues are getting behind this global
phenomenon. It's an extraordinary annual event that focuses the world's
attention on our amazing planet and the steps we need to take to protect it.
"This summer we will see sporting stars from across the
Commonwealth competing in Glasgow but everyone can sign up to be an Earth Hour
star and shine bright."
Other landmarks, including Edinburgh Castle, the
Forth Rail Bridge, The Royal Yacht Britannia and Glasgow Cathedral, will join
the likes of Beijing National Stadium and Christ the Redeemer
Statue by going dark.
WWF is hoping to beat last year's record when more than
10 million people, in the UK and 157 countries, took part in the world's
largest participation event. To join the growing community of people
supporting Earth Hour visit the WWF Scotland website.