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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 19 March '16
Stars come together to inspire millions to take part in WWF’s Earth Hour tonight
Andy Murray, Tim Peake, Aaron Ramsey, Kirsty Gallacher, Raymond Blanc OBE, Alistair McGowan, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Ceallach Spellman and Flora Shedden are just some of the celebrities supporting the world’s largest movement for the environment.
A global phenomenon
Around the world millions of people and communities are preparing to switch off their lights for an for WWF’s Earth Hour at 8.30 tonight (Saturday 19 March), in a symbolic and spectacular display to show they care about our planet.
Over the last decade, the unique display of darkness during WWF’s Earth Hour has become a global phenomenon uniting hundreds of millions of individuals across the world. In 2015, over 10 million people in the UK joined forces with a record-breaking 172 countries and territories to create a symbolic moment and put the spotlight on issues affecting our planet.
Astronauts to politicians
This year top chefs, sports stars, musicians, TV presenters and even the first official British astronaut to live on board the International Space Station are all lending their support.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, London Mayor Boris Johnson and over 100 other MPs – including Labour leaders past and present Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband and former Conservative Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman – have shown they care about the future of our planet.
To kick-start the UK celebrations, iconic landmarks including Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, The Shard, Coca-Cola London Eye, OXO Tower, Piccadilly Circus, The Ritz London, The Gherkin, Brighton Pier, Old Trafford, The Blackpool Tower, The Principality Stadium, The Kelpies and Edinburgh Castle are among the hundreds of buildings confirmed to switch off.
Some of the UK’s biggest business names – including Sky, HSBC and O2 – are also supporting Earth Hour. Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels and the Ambassador Theatre Group are also taking part.
Around the world over 350 global landmarks n 178 countries and territories will switch off their lights, including the Eiffel Tower (France), Empire State Building (USA), Sydney Opera House (Australia), Burj Kalifa (UAE), Colosseum (Italy), Tokyo Tower (Japan), Taipei 101 (Taiwan) and The Acropolis (Greece).
Celeb chefs and candlelit dinners
With many of us choosing to host a special candlelit dinner during the hour, WWF has teamed up with celebrity chefs Raymond Blanc OBE, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tom Aikens, Rachel de Thample and Ching-He Huang as well as Great British Bake Off stars Flora Shedden and Beca Lyne-Pirkis. The chefs are sharing exclusive Earth Hour recipes using sustainably sourced ingredients that are good for you and for the planet.
In the run-up to the global event, Raymond Blanc OBE was also spotted dining with a panda and Tom Aikens, founder of Tom’s Kitchen, demonstrated how to cook a delicious Earth Hour dish in a new video.
To add to the dining experience, many popular restaurants will be hosting candlelit events to celebrate WWF’s Earth Hour, with the help of a national partnership with Food Made Good. Diners can choose their candlelit dinner venue from a wide range of restaurants, from high-street chains like Brasserie Blanc to well-known landmarks such as OXO Tower Restaurant, The Savoy and River Cottage.
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