People across the world will mark Earth Hour on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm by switching off their lights for an hour. This year people are also being asked to share a video that will be posted on the Earth Hour Facebook and Twitter pages.
WWF started Earth Hour in 2007 to unite the world and make a stand against climate change. Today, Earth Hour is the world’s largest environmental movement for the planet that involves 178 countries and territories worldwide.
The purpose is to empower an interconnected global community to achieve tangible environmental outcomes for the planet.
You can help make a difference and stop climate change by switching to a clean energy supplier. You can find our more on the Big Clean Switch website.
Salford has taken climate change seriously for some time and produced its first Climate Change Strategy in 2010 and Carbon Management Plan in 2009. We’ve been busy on this agenda since then, and Salford is the most climate friendly council in the North West according to research by Friends of the Earth (October 2019), while the Centre for Thriving Places suggested Salford is the greenest place in England and Wales. However, we recognise the need for more action, and in 2019 Salford City Council approved a Climate Emergency Declaration and agreed to set a challenging target date of 2038 for carbon neutrality in Salford.
The Greater Manchester Five Year Environment Plan sets out how we will tackle these challenges, meeting our environmental responsibilities alongside securing our economic future and wellbeing. The plan sets out GM’s long-term environmental vision – to be carbon neutral by 2038 – and the urgent actions we all need to take in the next five years to help achieve this. It sets out a range of policies, commitments and actions that we all need to take to secure an excellent environment and contribute our fair share to tackling climate change. This plan helped Greater Manchester to be ranked one of the top global cities in tackling climate change according to the international charity the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Salford City Council continues to invest in energy efficiency. Since the Carbon Management Programme started in 2009/10:
Salford is developing a 2MW solar farm on council land at Little Hulton with support of the European Regional Development Fund and a hydro-power scheme at Charlestown Weir. We have solar panels on a number of our public buildings including the civic centre, and aim to install more in 2021. Salford has worked with community group Greater Manchester Community Renewables, to place solar panels on seven primary schools. Salford is also restoring two former peat extraction sites on Chat Moss, which form important carbon sinks – they absorb carbon dioxide. This is just the start, the Greater Manchester target is to restore 75 per cent of these areas as peatlands.