At 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March 2023, Woking Borough Council will join millions across the world to mark WWF's Earth Hour by switching off its lights for one hour to show its commitment to protecting the future of our planet.
By joining the global event, the Council will take part in a symbolic moment to highlight global issues facing the planet and to remind us that, together, we have the power to make change happen.
The future of the planet is at risk, particularly from the effects of climate change. Many of the world's most threatened species like tigers and orangutans live in areas that are being severely affected by climate change. For many, WWF's Earth Hour is a chance to show they care about the planet and is the first step to helping protect its future.
To mark the occasion, the Council will be switching off all non-operational lights in its buildings at 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March 2023 for one hour.
Cllr Peter Graves, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for a Greener Woking, said: "As the home of WWF-UK, we are incredibly proud to play our part in Earth Hour, helping to draw global attention to the climate crisis facing us all.
“Woking has long been committed to protecting the environment, with our first climate change strategy adopted in 2002. Our strategy, Woking 2050, sets out a vision for guiding our collective efforts towards a sustainable borough by reducing our environmental impact.
"Council officers are currently reviewing and updating the document to ensure the strategy remains relevant and enable us to reach our net zero targets. We will be seeking the views of local residents and key stakeholders in May.
“We encourage residents, businesses and communities across the borough to get involved by switching off their lights to remind us that even small actions can make a big difference.”