MACDONALD SUPPORTS WWF’S EARTH HOUR
Friday, 13 March 2015 14:50
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald is joining millions around the world by signing up to WWF’s Earth Hour.
This year’s switch off event takes place at 8.30pm on Saturday 28 March. Around the globe workplaces, homes and iconic landmarks will be going dark for an hour in the world’s biggest symbolic display of care for the planet and action on climate change. In Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies are just a few of our famous landmarks marking the hour.
Urging his constituents, local businesses and organisations in his Falkirk East constituency to join in Mr MacDonald said:
“I am delighted to be supporting Earth Hour on 28th March. This year will see the light going out on the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies, it’s great to see local landmarks being used to highlight this important issue.
“Across the world, nations face a range of challenges from climate change and energy and water security to tackling extreme poverty. But the biggest challenge is surely climate change. This is why in 2009, the Scottish Parliament passed world-leading legislation on climate change.
“Scotland has shown that when we have the powers, we are prepared to lead. No other country in the world has set itself the demanding emission reduction targets that Scotland has.
“In 2014, thousands of people across Scotland joined hundreds of millions of others in 154 countries across the world in switching off all non-essential lighting – on and within buildings. The Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and our local authority Falkirk Council will play their part again this year and we anticipate a great response from the rest of the public sector too. I urge all of the people of Falkirk district to play their part in Earth Hour”.
Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland said:
“I’m really excited about this year’s Earth Hour and it’s shaping up to be a big one. It always delights and amazes me how Scotland gets behind the event, whether its political parties or classrooms full of children. By signing up and switching off you’re joining a symbolic display by millions around the world who care about our planet and are willing to take action, beyond the hour, to protect it.
“Its important decision makers, politicians and business leaders are left in no doubt people care about the impacts of climate change and want action.”
”This year is an important year for climate action, with world leaders being urged to make further progress on addressing global climate change in Paris in December. Closer to home, we look to all of our politicians to help Scotland deliver on its world-leading climate commitments and to play a proactive role in striving for greater ambition at a global level.”
Now in its ninth year, WWF’s Earth Hour continues to grow. Last year 162 countries and 7000 cities took part, from the islands of the South Pacific already feeling the impacts of climate change, to the Scottish Parliament and Government in Edinburgh and the corridors of power in Paris where the next UN climate negotiations will be held in December this year.
Sign up for Earth Hour at http://wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour