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Earth Hour the Cathedral and Elias the Panda

Elias the Earth Hour panda with the Bishop of Salisbury
Posted By : Amber Rawlings Thursday 17th March 2016

Salisbury Cathedral will be observing WWF's Earth Hour between 20:30 – 21:30 on Saturday 19 March and we are showing our support by switching off 156 Cathedral lights including 16 lights that illuminate the Tower and Spire.

 

Earth Hour is a symbolic and spectacular 'lights out' social action with hundreds of millions of people from across the world coming together to shine a light on climate change issues by switching off!


Earth Hour, originally called 'The Big Flick', first began in Sydney, Australia on 31 March 2007 to raise funds for WWF’s vital conservation work around the world. This year 4800 schools, 200 landmarks, thousands of organisations and iconic landmarks, such as Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Table Mountain, The Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Times Square and even the International Space Station, have pledged to support this action - and the Cathedral is one of them.

 

The campaign is not about how much energy is saved during the hour. Rather, it’s a chance to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet, and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably and every year more and more countries, landmarks and people are taking part to switch of their lights for the hour. 

 

Earth Hour is of particular significance in this diocese because The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, is the Church of England’s Lead Bishop for Environmental Affairs. Last year the Cathedral Spire was turned green for the duration of the COP 21 Climate Change conference in Paris and the Bishop himself sported a green dog collar.

 

In the run up to Earth Hour, Elias the Cathedral’s Earth Hour Panda (named for Elias of Dereham Salisbury Cathedral’s architect/designer) has been taking selfies in and around the Cathedral as part of WWF's #passthepanda campaign. See what Elias has been up to here.

 

You can take part by signing up and switch off your lights for that one hour.

For further details on the Bishop’s environmental work contact Gerry Lynch, Diocesan Press Office gerry.lynch@salisbury.anglican.org