King turns off lights for environment

King turns off lights for environment
Photo: Jessica Gow, Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix
King Carl Gustaf XVI has announced that the lights will be turned off for an hour at royal castles on Saturday.

The King has announced the royal intention to respect Earth Hour, a campaign by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to highlight energy use and climate change.

Ulriksdal Palace and the King’s home Drottningholm Palace will join the Stockholm Royal Palace in the centre of the city in cutting the lights at 8pm on Saturday.

The King is honorary chair of the WWF in Sweden.

WWF’s Earth Hour campaign is expected to be respected by a large number of households across the globe. In Sweden however the campaign has gone largely unnoticed and the King will be one of few that will meet the challenge.

The WWF in Sweden reports that it has not prioritized the campaign and that no county councils have signed up to the cause. Stockholm City Council has explicitly stated that it wants nothing to do with the campaign, according to news agency TT.

In neighbouring Denmark however the “Turn out the lights Denmark” campaign is being enthusiastically led by WWF Denmark and is expected to be widely respected.

Queen Margrethe, the Swedish king’s cousin, will be switching off the lights at her castle at the appointed hour, 8pm. 17 county councils will do the same as well as a raft of companies and many private households.

Cities across the world; from Adelaide to Bangkok and San Francisco to Ottowa will turn the off their lights. A large campaign has also been undertaken across the USA.