FABIANI SHOWS SUPPORT FOR WWF’S EARTH HOUR

Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride is encouraging the people of East Kilbride to lend their support to WWF’s Earth Hour by switching off their lights on Saturday 31st March for an hour.

On 31st 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 world’s most recognisable landmarks went dark including the Sydney Opera House and theEiffelTower. InScotlandalmost 500 schools joined hundreds of businesses, organisations and community groups for the big switch off.

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: ww.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour

Linda said “I am sure the people of East Kilbride will unite with others from all over the world for WWF’s Earth Hour.

“I know how important an issue climate change is to the people of East Kilbride, especially our younger citizens, and they will want to demonstrate their support for action against the impact of climate change on people and wildlife.”

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 inScotland, 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.”

 Notes

[1] WWF’s Earth Hour – 8.30pm, Saturday 31 March 2012

For more information about WWF’s Earth Hour

http://www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour

WWF’s Earth Hour lights-out initiative began inSydney,Australiain 2007 as an awareness-raising exercise.   By 2010 134 countries/territories participated, thousands of cities across all 7 continents, 8 out of the 10 most populated cities,  25 of the world’s megacities and 79 capital cities.  In 2010Scotlandalso became the first country to secure support from 100 per cent of its cities and local authorities.  Iconic buildings such asEdinburghCastle, Scottish Parliament and the Falkirk Wheel switched off, alongside the Sydney Opera House,EiffelTowerand Pyramids of Giza.  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.

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