Iain Gray MSP is lending his support to World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29, by becoming an Earth Hour star.
As 8.30pm strikes that evening, millions of people across the world will switch of their lights for an hour in a graphic demonstration of support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change. When the lights switch off, it is the planet’s time to shine.
By becoming an Earth Hour star, Mr Gray and others are offering their support for a brighter future by committing to take more action beyond the hour to tackle climate change. One of the things that politicians can do is commit to introducing new measures to reduce our own emissions in Scotland. This includes reducing emissions from our homes, transport system and from our energy production.
Mr Gray is urging constituents, local businesses and organisations to join in and be Earth Hour stars for WWF’s Earth Hour.
Last year more than 10 million people in the UK and 157 countries took part in the world’s largest participation event. Some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge, Big Ben, The Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower switched off for Earth Hour.
Scotland celebrated the hour with schools, individuals, organisations, community groups and iconic buildings joining the big switch-off.
To join the growing community of people supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour
Mr Gray said: “WWF’s Earth Hour campaign is a powerful way of seeing just how much energy we all use to light our towns and cities, and gives us a unique opportunity to reflect on our environment and our effect on it.
“I’m therefore pleased to lend my support by switching off on March 29, and would encourage as many people in East Lothian as possible to do the same.”
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks added: “WWF’s Earth Hour is an extraordinary annual event that focuses the world’s attention on our amazing planet, and the steps we need to take to protect it.
“In this momentous year for Scotland, we are glad that so many politicians are keen to be Earth Hour stars, and support more action to protect our planet from climate change and other environmental threats. We encourage everyone to be part of the world’s biggest celebration of our brilliant planet, to show their support for planet friendly decisions by our leaders.”
Photo: Colin Hattersley