Brighton turns off for WWF’s Earth Hour

It was lights out in the streets of Brighton last night (March 19) as the city celebrated Earth Hour — a global movement against climate change.

At 8.30pm, the city’s most famous brightly lit landmarks, including the Palace Pier, the Brighton Dome, the Brighton Wheel, the Theatre Royal and the Royal Pavilion turned off or dimmed their lights in support of the international environmental campaign — brainchild of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Originally established in Australia in 2007, Earth Hour is now celebrated across 178 different countries, with some of the world’s most iconic buildings — Big Ben, Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower — taking part.

Supporters enjoyed the annual blackout with an atmospheric torch-lit walk along the seafront, from Hove bandstand to the Brighton Wheel, which was organised as part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Heathwalks scheme.

But it was not just local residents who turned off for climate change.

Environmentally conscious businesses around Brighton also embraced the opportunity to raise awareness of the campaign, holding events especially for the hour-long darkness.

Zero-waste restaurant Silo, in the North Laines, held a special Earth Hour dinner service. The meals were cooked using as little energy as possible, and the tables were lit by recycled candles.

Brighton Dome also took part in the campaign by programming Joel Scott’s play The Devil Speaks True, which is principally performed in the darkness using binaural technology.

Emma Robertson, Head of Press & PR at Brighton Dome, said: “The initiative was part of our Green team activity, which seeks opportunities to improve the organisation’s environmental sustainability.”

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