Earth Hour

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie is urging constituents, local businesses and organisations to back Earth Hour and sign-up to the big switch off on Saturday 27 March.

On 27 March at 8.30pm individuals, businesses 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.

Last year world landmarks including Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Table Mountain in Cape Town, Houses of Parliament in London and Christ the Redeemer statute in Rio de Janeiro took part. Here in Scotland, the Forth Bridge, Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament all went dark for 60 minutes. Already this year WWF’s Earth Hour 2010 is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Cathy, who is Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament Climate Change Committee, and Labour’s Scottish Parliament spokesperson on the issue, said:

“Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing people and nature, and demands urgent action. Last year, the Scottish Parliament passed the toughest climate change legislation in the world. December’s global climate talks in Copenhagen were disappointing and that means we need to increase our efforts to match our legislation with action in Scotland and throughout the world.

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 we very much welcome their support in helping to make this the biggest show of support for action on climate change ever, as communities in Scotland join with communities all around the world. You can switch off and support us at http://www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour .”

  • WWF’s Earth Hour – 8.30pm, Saturday 27 March 2010 – Sign up and switch off to show you want action on climate change. http://www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour
  • WWF’s Earth Hour lights-out initiative began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as an awareness-raising exercise. By 2009 3,000 cities and towns in more than 80 countries got involved with lights going out in 66 national capitals and 9 of the 10 most populated metropolises on the planet.
  • Over 800 of the world’s most iconic landmarks also went dark last year including the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower and the Pyramids of Giza. Here in Scotland, 19 local authorities, 200 schools and over one hundred businesses and organisations joined in by switching their lights off for one hour in a graphic demonstration of support for determined international action on climate change.
  • Some of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks went dark including Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Bridge, Eilean Donan Castle, Glasgow’s Clyde Arc (Squinty Bridge) and the Scottish Parliament.
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