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Published, 22/03/2018

On Saturday 24 March 2018 at 8.30pm, Flintshire County Council will be turning off our non-essential lights at County Hall in Mold for one hour to celebrate WWF's Earth Hour.

Flintshire County Council has been awarded a star badge and will unite with millions of people, cities, communities and landmarks around the globe in a global visual display of commitment to tackle urgent environmental issues and protect our planet. Flintshire County Council is also taking action by making a #PromiseForThePlanet to generate more of its energy from renewable sources.

Employees are also encouraged to create their own promises to change one thing in their everyday life that will help protect our planet, from using reusable coffee cups to walking to work. Flintshire County Council has been working in partnership with Groundwork North Wales to deliver the Energy Agents Challenge across schools in Flintshire. Pupils have learning about how energy is generated and they can reduce the impact of using energy on the climate. To celebrate Earth Hour 2018 pupils have also made a series of Promises for the Planet including:

· I pledge to turn the lights off when I leave the room
· I pledge to take shorter showers, no more than 6 mins long
· I pledge to close the curtains in the evening to keep the heat in
· I pledge to make sure all the plugs are turned off when I leave my room
· I pledge to put on warm clothes instead of asking mum to turn he heating on
· I pledge to not leave my phone on charge all the time

Flintshire County Council's Leader, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said:
"Flintshire County Council will be taking part in this global event again this year. We have already taken a number of steps to reduce our own carbon footprint, improving energy efficiency and installing renewable heating and electricity generation systems on our own buildings and housing.
"This has been demonstrated recently by our success at the Wales Regional Energy Efficiency Awards where we were awarded "Local Authority Body of the Year" for our domestic energy efficiency programmes and we received a Highly Commended in the "Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year" category for the support delivered to households in partnership with North Wales Energy Advice Centre."
Feedback from the schools who have taken part so far has been fantastic:

Ysgol y Llan: "A super session! All the pupils were engaged in a variety of activities which encouraged them to be more eco-friendly at home"
We strongly encourage local communities and partners in Flintshire to make a #PromiseForThePlanet and join the global lights out event for Earth Hour on Saturday 24 March at 8.30pm.

Show your support for a better world! For more information and to make a promise please visit www.wwf.org.uk/earthhourwales.


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