In March 2023, we led a local call to reduce light pollution and promote a more sustainable city
In preparation for Earth Hour on 25 March 2023, Bath Preservation Trust called on residents, institutions, organisations and businesses across Bath to join them in demonstrating a commitment to the planet. A mass switch off or dimming of lights was intended to temporarily reduce sky glow and lower carbon emissions restoring the natural darkness of the night sky over Bath for the benefit of humans and wildlife. This was part of a wider call for a collective “dimming of the city” to tackle light pollution and reduce energy waste, in line with our “Conservation in Action” and “Dark Skies” themes for 2023.
BPT asked Bath’s residents, property managers, and those using floodlights to switch off lighting during Earth Hour, as well as sharing their initiatives via social media using the hashtags #BiggestHourforEarth #earthhour and #bathdarkskies.
Earth Hour is an international event organised by the WWF to inspire people to take climate action. A simple idea was born – asking people to switch off the lights for one hour as a symbolic stand. Since then, 188 countries have taken part and more than 17,900 landmarks around the world have switched off.
Our original press release is available here.