Millions of people around the globe will switch off lights in homes, offices and prominent landmarks at 8.30pm local time for an hour on Saturday to commemorate WWF’s annual Earth Hour.
The event now in its eighth year signifies support for environmental issues and how global warming impacts flora and fauna, food resources, water and the climate.
2014 marks the 3rd year in a row The Royal Household has taken part in Earth Hour.
Buckingham Palace is not the only Royal landmark taking place in Earth Hour. Other Royal related buildings showing their support include: Tower Bridge, Windsor Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh Castle, Urquhart Castle, Stirling Castle, Castle Campbell, Scottish Parliament, Caernarfon Castle, Kidwelly Castle and Caerphilly Castle.
Introduced in Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has developed into one of the world’s biggest environmental events. The occasion covers a wide rand of issues from energy efficiency to deforestation. In 2013 an estimated 7,000 cities and areas in 154 countries participated.
Not limited to Royal palaces and the like, the UK will see a range of buildings from Parliament to the Royal Albert Hall joining in on the event.
The WWF was founded on 29 April 1961 in Morges, Switzerland.
In 2011, The Prince of Wales succeeded Princess Alexandra as WWF UK President. The Princess held the post for over 30 years. From 1961-1981,
The Duke of Edinburgh was the first ever President of WWF in the UK. The Duke is now the President Emeritus of WWF International.
An extensive list may be found at the WWF landmark listing: Earth Hour Landmarks