A MARKETING worker from Hounslow plans to celebrate 'Earth Hour' on Saturday (March 26) by painting a giant canvas in the dark.


Iona Murphy, of Sunnycroft Road, Hounslow, will join her boyfriend and friends at his house in Leatherhead, Surrey, to decorate the 6ftX6ft canvas.

The 22-year-old came up with the stunt to mark 'Earth Hour', which begins at 8.30pm on Saturday.

Environmental charity WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) is asking people across the globe to switch off their lights to save energy and raise awareness of global warming.


Iona won £500 to carry out her idea as part of a competition organised by energy supplier MORE TH>N to publicise the big switch off.

However, she plans to donate the money to the WWF, along with any sponsorship money she receives, before possibly selling off the unique artwork to raise even more money for the charity.

"We're going to try to make an earth scene picture, so we've got lots of green and blue paint, plus a few other colours," she said.

"Earth Hour's a great way to get people interested in and thinking about saving energy, and I'm really happy to be involved."

Earth Hour started in Australia and 2007 and has grown rapidly. A number of iconic landmarks across the UK, including the Houses of Parliament and Edinburgh Castle, are due to take part in the switch off this weekend.

You can find out more about Iona's art project and make a donation at www.justgiving.com/iona-murphy .