Lights off for the WWF's Earth Hour

16 March 2016

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is joining the global celebration for our brilliant planet by supporting WWF’s Earth Hour – a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world’s attention on our planet, and the need to protect it.


On Saturday 19 March, at 8.30pm, the Council will be joining forces with thousands of iconic landmarks globally, from The Sydney Harbour Bridge to Times Square in New York, to show its support. Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year.

Last year in Wales, it’s estimated that 500,000 people took part, sending out a united message of support. Participating Welsh landmarks included the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, Caernarfon Castle, and The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. 235 Welsh schools signed up and Assembly Members from all parties showed their support. 

To celebrate Earth Hour 2016, we will be:

  • Switching off all non-essential lights in all our corporate buildings at 8.30pm on 19th March for the hour
  • Encouraging our customers, employees and residents to sign up by promoting the event through our website

Cabinet Member for Housing, Building Maintenance and Community Safety, Cllr Bronwen Brooks said: “We are proud to take part in Earth Hour and our residents are excited to be involved with such a great and inspiring event. Everyone can make a difference to help protect our planet and we all have a key role to play.”

Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru, said: “We’re delighted that the Vale of Glamorgan Council will be supporting Earth Hour this year and hope that they’ll inspire many others to get involved. Climate change will have a massive impact on people, wildlife and habitats across the world, and we need to take action to protect them. By taking one simple step to switch off, you’ll be joining millions of people from around the world in this special celebration.”

Anyone can sign up for WWF’s Earth Hour 2016. For more information and to sign up, please visit