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Earth Hour, Saturday 23rd March 8.30pm-9.30pm
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Join us in celebrating the World Wildlife Fund’s ‘Earth Hour’ event on Saturday 23rd. March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm , by turning out lights and saving electricity for that hour. People all over the world are turning out lights to signal their concern for the environmental sustainability of our planet.
Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in over 7,000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.
This year Keele University is taking part and is planning on encouraging all those on campus to switch their lights off between 8.30 - 9.30 on Saturday the 23rd March.
Download an Earth Hour poster here.
What events will be happening?
There are a number of events planned across campus with the focal point of the events at Union Square where there will be a telescope, and we are hoping that a large body of people will congregate to enjoy viewing stars in the darkened sky.
- The KPA. The KPA will be lit up by candle-light and will be showing the short 20 minute film 'Overview'.
- The Sustainability Hub. The Stardome will be set out in the Sustainability Hub from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. The Hub itself will be open from 8pm to 10pm with a Quiz in the dark and live music.
- The Space Observatory. Just 5 minutes walk from Union Square is the Space Observatory. The Observatory will be open from 8.30pm to 9.30pm for you to come and view the wonders of the Universe through high-tech telescopes.
- Union Square. There will also be a telescope on Union Square between 8.30pm and 9.30pm for you to view the stars in the darkened sky.
Where will it be dark?
It will be dark on the centre of campus in Union Square, but volunteers will be present to assist pedestrians with torches.
Lights on the ring-road on campus will be switched off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on this date from the main entrance to campus by Home Farm and the David Weatherall building to the roundabout by the Darwin building.
This will also extend on one side, from the road leading from the Darwin building to the KPA Clubhouse and then from the Darwin building roundabout to the junction which turns off to the Chancellor’s building.