Heini Evans, from WWF Cymru said, “There’s certainly an appetite for it [Earth Hour]. It’s just really important we have a voice.”
Supplementary events have taken place across south Wales, with events in Merthyr and Parc Penallta seeing over 550 volunteers working on projects like Heads4Arts’ floating gardens campaign.
Kate Strudwick, creative project manager with the community building arts and crafts organisation, said the environment was the most important project going on anywhere.
“If we can use the arts to to get that across in more engaging ways, then we should do it,” said Strudwick.
The floating gardens campaign hopes to attract pollinators and encourage participants to seek positive solutions, by being ‘imaginative about wildflower gardens.’ Through participatory arts activities, Heads4Arts are hopeful they can raise public awareness and prompt positive action.
The World Wide Fund (WWF) for nature claims 90% of participants say they feel encouraged to work further to protect the environment.
Though the event is a once-a-year occasion, the hope is that tonight’s activities will encourage more regular practice of environmentally beneficial behaviours.
“Most of our work is family focused,” said Strudwick. “But we’re trying to get people to enjoy it at every level and getting children to become ambassadors.”
In the wake of recent youth climate strikes, campaigners are optimistic about the future of environmentalism.