Lights go out for Earth Hour

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The lights went out on some of the areas most famouse landmarks this weekend toraise awareness of climate change.

Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, was in darkness from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, for the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour. And the Forth Rail Bridge at Queensferry was also in darkness for the occasion.

People in West Lothian and across Scotland joined millions across the globe by switching off their lights for 60 minutes to show their support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change.

Climate Change Policy Officer Rona Gold commented: “West Lothian Council is committed to reducing its environmental impact and is happy to support the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) Earth Hour.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership again with Historic Scotland to ensure that Linlithgow Palace will join other iconic buildings taking part around the world, such as Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Castle and the Eiffel Tower.

“The council is working to reduce energy and carbon emissions from all of its operations. We have recently invested in a number of electric pool cars and will be producing a renewable strategy for the council’s assets.”

Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland said: “It is great news West Lothian Council has given its backing once again to WWF’s Earth Hour 2012.’’For more information about WWF’s Earth Hour, please visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour