Earth Hour

Cathy Peattie MSP is backing the Earth Hour initiative and urging constituents, local businesses and organisations to sign up to the big switch off on Saturday 26 March.

On 26 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, 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.

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.

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. The Scottish Parliament agreed world leading legislation on climate change, and I want to see the Scottish Government live up to that promise. That’s why I am backing this initiative. Earth Hour allows us to send a message to politicians and to each other, that we are serious about tackling climate change. I hope Scottish people will back the campaign by signing up and switching off, and also by thinking about what else they can do to take and promote action on climate change.”

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.”

WWF’s Earth Hour lights-out initiative started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. A year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

In March 2010 WWF’s Earth Hour became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

Here in Scotland, 29 local authorities, 300 schools and over one hundred businesses and organisations joined in. Some of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks went dark including Edinburgh Castle, The Falkirk Wheel, Inverness Castle, the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood House and Kelvingrove Museum.

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