At 8.30pm on Saturday 28th March 2015, cities and towns across the world will go dark for Earth Hour, an hour-long collective movement towards reducing our environmental impact.
Earth Hour, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), is a global participatory event that asks individuals, organisations, landmarks, schools and businesses to turn their lights off for an hour as a symbolic collective act. Wide and inclusive participation in Earth Hour gathers a community to incite positive change surrounding the need to reduce energy consumption.
We’d like to see creative possibilities that respond to the Earth Hour prompt, and believe that artists and cultural sector organisations can play a leading role in making Earth Hour 2015 the most widely participated Earth Hour to date!
Many arts and sustainability organisations across Scotland have already committed to participating in Earth Hour, providing a variety of gatherings to attend, or to inspire your own action. On the eve of Earth Hour 2015, Creative Carbon Scotland will be engaging with artists at our Mull Residency. We’ll be taking the entire weekend to discuss how artistic practices can contribute to a greener, healthier, more equal planet.
The following are select Scottish organisations that have signed up to participate–
Ambassadors Theatre Group will expand their efforts of audience engagement after the success of their Earth Hour 2014 participation. There will be an offer of discounted tickets at King’s & Theatre Royal for those willing to commit to recycling.
Creative Scotland is leading by example with their participation in Earth Hour 2015!
Following Glasgow’s recognition as a ‘Super Local Authority‘ in Earth Hour 2014, the Glasgow City Council is looking to expand their plans for Glasgow’s Green Year. Demonstrations and activities at George Square will highlight kinetic energy- sustained by those who participate in the gathering!
National Galleries Scotland will be switching off lights at the Scottish National Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy for the hour in promotion of the cause.
An iconic landmark designed by artist Andy Scott, The Kelpies, will cease to be illuminated during Earth Hour 2015.
Vegware will fully shutdown their office over the weekend. This means no ‘standby’ or ‘powersave’ modes, and no heating, but a complete turning off of all devices and electricity!
Are you participating in Earth Hour 2015? Share your actions with us via Twitter @CCScotland using #earthhour #greenarts
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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