WWF works for a world where people are living in harmony with nature. As well as working to protect iconic species like tigers, rhinos and pandas, WWF is also about respecting and valuing the natural world and finding ways to share the Earth's finite resources fairly. One way WWF invites everyone to get involved is through Earth Hour, which is supported across England, Scotland and Wales by players of People's Postcode Lottery.
Earth Hour is the world's biggest celebration of our brilliant planet. For one hour, people around the world switch off their lights – not to save energy, but to take part in a global symbolic moment to show they care for our planet and are willing to take action to protect it. This year, Earth Hour takes place in the UK on Saturday 19th March at 8:30pm.
Chef and WWF supporter Flora Shedden said, "I'm delighted to be supporting Earth Hour and hope as many people as possible get together with family and friends on Saturday 19th March and hold a candlelit dinner party and share selfies on social media. I'm passionate about food and about using the rich variety of locally-grown fruit, vegetables and meats available here in Scotland. I will certainly be taking part in Earth Hour and taking the opportunity to try out a few new recipes for my book!"
In the UK last year, over 10 million people took part, including almost 5,000 schools, more than 200 landmarks, and thousands of businesses and organisations. Iconic British landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Big Ben and Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Blackpool Tower, the Kelpies, Caerphilly Castle and many more joined the global lights out.
Globally in 2015, across time zones from Samoa to Tahiti, a record 172 countries and territories took part in the world's biggest Earth Hour yet. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, South Africa's Table Mountain, The Acropolis in Athens, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Empire State Building and Times Square in New York City, and the Las Vegas Strip were just a few of the world-famous landmarks that joined in.
Find out if your local landmark, community group or school is switching off for Earth Hour this year. Players can sign up and share what they'll be doing for our brilliant planet at WWF's interactive map.
Why not get friends and family round for a candlelit dinner, or join a special Earth Hour event near you?