Earth Hour will be celebrated the 10th time in Austria and 2016 will be the biggest ever!
More monuments and important landmarks in all provincial capitals and other towns and communities will be switched off than ever – from the Castle of Schönbrunn and the neo-Gothic Town Hall in Vienna, The Imperial Castle and the Parliament to the Golden Roof in Innsbruck. Mozart City Salzburg will turn off the lights of its famous Castle and many more sites in the historical old town. In total, more than 500 monuments and buildings will go dark for Earth Hour on 19 March. Strong involvement from the government is demonstrated by the support of Austria's Federal President Heinz Fischer, the Prime Minister Werner Faymann, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz and the Minister of the Environment, Andrä Rupprechter and the Directors of the biggest Art and Natural History Museum in Vienna as well as other celebrities..
Many corporate partners of WWF-Austria will join in the campaign, such as two of the biggest Supermarket chains, that will switch off all lights in and outside their shops (more than 460) all over Austria. Also onboard is IKEA, A1 Telekom Austria, Canon, O’right cosmetic products and other partners including the entire WWF CLIMATE GROUP. In addition, WWF Austria organized a sweepstake with many interesting prizes to win – from an e-bike to dinners in the dark, sustainable products and vouchers, and together with the youth organization GENERATION EARTH will have an event on the night as well in front of Austrias most famous Imperial Castle of Schoenbrunn – forming "EARTH HOUR 2016“ with 500 organic candles.