Switch off lights for Earth Hour

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HIGHLANDS and Islands SNP MSP Dave Thompson has today (Thursday, March 10) publicly backed WWF’s Earth Hour initiative and urged constituents, local businesses and organisations to also sign up to the big switch off on Saturday, March 26.

On that day, at 8.30pm, individuals and public authorities in Scotland and across the world will turn off their lights for one hour in a graphic show of support for decisive action on climate change.

Commenting, Mr Thompson, said: “I am happy to be supporting the Earth Hour initiative and will be turning off all my lights on March 26.

“Climate change is a real challenge for all of us throughout Scotland and this initiative highlights the need for people of all walks of life to be aware of the very real threat to our environment from the unnecessary use of our resources.”

Last year, millions of people in 128 countries worldwide took part in WWF’s Earth Hour. The world’s most recognisable landmarks went dark, from Edinburgh Castle and the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Sydney’s Opera House.

Across Scotland some 300 schools joined hundreds of businesses, organisations and community groups for the big switch off. On the night people celebrated WWF’s Earth Hour with candle-lit meals, topical film screenings, torch-lit walks, pub quizzes and even a game of night golf.

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 fantastic that climate change is on the political agenda here in Scotland, with the Scottish Parliament elections just round the corner.

“We hope this year’s WWF’s Earth Hour will be the biggest and best yet,” he added.

In 2009 the Scottish Parliament set an example by unanimously passing the toughest climate targets in the world.

With millions of individuals, businesses and communities getting involved in WWF’s Earth Hour around the globe, world leaders will be left in no doubt people are still demanding urgent action to tackle climate change.

MSP Mr Thompson continued: “The Scottish Government has set targets for climate change and these are fully achievable. But they are only achievable if we all take responsibility for our individual energy consumption.

“I would encourage as many people throughout the Highlands and Islands as possible to take part in the Earth Hour Challenge and switch off their lights for one hour to show their support for positive action on climate change.”

For more information about WWF’s Earth Hour, visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour