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Earth Hour wrap up

Monday, 27 March 2017

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GVA has had an extremely active month in the run up to Earth Hour, supporting the campaign to reduce our planet’s over-consumption of energy.

Initially, to raise awareness of the campaign, GVA launched a photography competition with a theme: ‘the benefits of light’. GVA wanted people to take a moment to appreciate both artificial and natural light, and then to depict it with a photo.

Memorable images were received, some of which you can see below. The beauty of light over darkness really shone through on all those captured, and it was extremely hard to decide on the winners for each office, not to mention the overall national winner.

The regional winners were used used for the poster campaign around their respective office to promote the Earth Hour campaign internally, while the national winning image was used as the desktop screen image.

What else did we do?

Our intranet and other channels of communication to promote Earth Hour, looking at climate change and energy was used. GVA suggested ideas for how individuals can all be more energy efficient and reduce energy bills at the same time. Ideas included changing the type of light bulbs used, turning heating down a degree or two and unplugging electrical items when not in use.

During Earth Hour itself, GVA suggested switching off lights and going stargazing, or having a cendellit dinner! An Earth Hour quiz was also provided so individuals could test their current knowledge of climate change.

Last week GVA ran a ‘Smoothie bike’ event in our Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London and Manchester offices, where staff were able to pedal a bike to blend their own smoothies. This encouraged people to appreciate the amount of energy needed to do a task like that and at the same time have fun.

Finally, our business observed Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March between 8:30pm and 9:30pm by switching off all non-emergency lighting in the common parts of Gresham Street and other office buildings.

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is the world’s largest demonstration of support for action on climate change, one of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces today.

Each year, millions of people around the world come together to call for action to protect our planet by turning their ‘lights out’. This year Earth Hour took place on Saturday 25 March at 8:30pm.

For more information on our Earth Hour campaign please contact Corporate Responsibility assistant, Natasha Lee on 020 7911 2944 or email natasha.lee@gva.co.uk.