On Saturday 28th
March at 8.30pm the University took part in ‘Earth Hour’ - a global event organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) which asked households and businesses to turn off their lights and non essential electrical appliances for one hour in order to raise awareness on the need for climate change action.
Hundreds of millions of people across the planet switched off their lights to send a visual and symbolic message to those in power. More than 3,943 cities from 88 countries took part. Iconic international landmarks like Sydney Opera House, the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben were plunged into darkness for 60 minutes as part of the largest global action of its kind.
Aston supported the initiative by switching off Aston Business School’s blue lights and the floodlights by main reception. These lights will now only be switched on for four hours a night (currently twelve) in order to continue saving energy.
Words by Louise Russell