Angus MacDonald MSP Switching Off for WWF’s Earth Hour
Saturday, 03 March 2012 19:41
Angus MacDonald MSP is putting his Falkirk East community on the map by lending his support to WWF’s Earth Hour, while urging constituents, local businesses and organisations to do the same and 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.
In 2011 millions of people in 134 countries worldwide took part in WWF's Earth Hour. Some of the 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, and in Falkirk district the floodlights at Callendar House and the Falkirk Wheel were switched off, along with lights in other Council and Government buildings.
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
Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“I am very pleased to support WWF’s Earth Hour and will be joining millions of people worldwide by switching off my lights on 31st March. The message of Earth Hour is simple. Climate change is a concern for each of us. Solutions are within our grasp and are ready to be implemented by individuals, communities, businesses and governments around the globe. I pledge to do all that I can to ensure the Scottish government does all that it can to address the problem of climate change. Good progress has been made, but we must do more. I hope Falkirk District’s residents will join me in giving their support to this global initiative.”
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.”