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Big switch off planned for tenth Earth Hour

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​Edinburgh Castle and The Kelpies will join the Eiffel Tower and millions of ordinary people in celebrating Earth Hour

Scotland's most iconic structures will again be switching their lights off for WWF's Earth Hour, to show they care about the effects of climate change on people and nature.

Now in its tenth year, landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, The Kelpies and Forth Rail Bridge will lead Scotland's Earth Hour switch off on Saturday, 25 March at 8.30pm.

They will joining global landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, and Sydney Opera House.

Since 2007, millions of people in 178 countries across the world have joined together in an hour of unity to show they want continued action on climate change.

In Scotland, thousands of schools, businesses and individuals have already signed up and will be making their Earth Hour matter by attending organised events such as stargazing walk, pub quiz or by having friends and family round for a candlelit evening.

Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland said: "Earth Hour is a great way to encourage people to start thinking about the effects climate change is having close to home, and also further afield.

“And it won't just be our most iconic landmarks that will be taking part. It's always been very popular in with the Scottish public, with thousands of school children and individuals and hundreds of businesses getting behind this massive global event.

"It's been the hottest year on record for the third year in a row and nearly one in six species are now at risk of extinction from climate change.

“The world is changing fast so it's never been more important to show that you care - so sign up and switch off for Earth Hour."