Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland is urging constituents, local businesses and organisations to back Earth Hour and sign-up to the big switch off on Saturday 31 March.
On 31 March at 8.30pm thousands of people from across Scotland will join millions around the world in turning off their lights for 60 minutes in a demonstration of support for action against the impacts of climate change on people and wildlife. Last year, millions of people in 134 countries worldwide took part in WWF’s Earth Hour. Some of world’s most recognisable landmarks went dark including the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower. In Scotland almost 500 schools joined hundreds of businesses, organisations and community groups for the big switch off.
This year, in addition to the lights going out at iconic Scottish locations, including Edinburgh Castle, WWF is encouraging community groups and local organisations to join in the fun. Ideas for celebrating include: star-gazing, torch-lit nature walks, candle-lit suppers or pub-quizzes and even games of golf in the dark. To register for this year’s event please visit: www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour
John Pentland said:
“Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing people and nature, and demands urgent action. Scotland has very good climate change legislation, but we need to match that with action by the Scottish Government and through public commitment to look at our carbon footprint and think about what we can do to help. Support for Earth Hour is a good way to get people thinking and to show the Scottish Government the strength of public support for action.”
Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland said:
“WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple way for people to show their support for strong action on climate change. MSPs are leaders in their communities and their support is very welcome. It’s reassuring that climate change remains on the political agenda here in Scotland, with the local council elections just round the corner. As well as politicians, business and local authorities, we hope lots of individuals and community groups feel inspired to take part too.”