Staff and students at the University of Gloucestershire uniting in their fight against climate change by taking part in the international Earth Hour event, hosted by the World Wildlife Fund.

By switching off non-essential lighting for an hour at locations and facilities across the University, the students will be joining tens of millions of concerned citizens and corporations throughout the world in calling for action to save the planet for future generations.

More than 50 million people in 370 cities around the world took part in Earth Hour 2008. The lights went out at Sydney’s Opera House, Rome’s Coliseum, the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge. Even the Google homepage went dark for the day.

Cathy Green, Sustainability Volunteer Officer at the University of Gloucestershire said, “We’d like to ask all students to switch off lights in their halls of residence along with all non-essential equipment for an hour. We’d also like to encourage staff at home, or students living in the community to turn their lights out during the event.

“The University is keen to catalyse change not just within its walls but across the communities it serves and we’d like to raise awareness of the Earth Hour challenge and hope others will also be encouraged to take part.”

More about the Earth Hour is available at www.earthhour.org or visit the Earth Hour Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=2235111402

Source: University of Gloucestershire