Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour Alex Rowley MSP is making WWF’s Earth Hour matter this year by showing his support for a strong Climate Change Plan for Scotland.
This year’s switch off event takes place at 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March. Around the world homes, workplaces and iconic landmarks will be going dark for an hour in the world’s biggest demonstration of support for action on climate change.
In Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge, the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies are just a few of our famous landmarks marking the hour.
Urging his constituents to join in the Mid Scotland & Fife MSP said:
“It is essential that we as a society work together to tackle climate change. There are many steps that need to be taken in order to reduce climate emissions.
“I have been calling on the Scottish Government to introduce enforceable energy efficiency standards in the private rented sector. This would bring it into line with council and housing association housing which already has to meet statutory energy efficiency targets. Everyone deserves a warm home and it would drive down inefficient heating leading to lower emissions and energy consumption.”
Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland said:
“Yet again Earth Hour is capturing the public’s imagination with thousands of people across the country gearing up to take part and show they care about our planet. From church groups to classrooms full of children its important decision makers, politicians and business leaders are left in no doubt people care about the impacts of climate change and want action.
“With the Scottish Parliament currently considering a draft Climate Change Plan, it’s great to see so many MSPs signalling their support for strong action to cut climate emissions. The enthusiasm of the public and politicians should give the Scottish Government the confidence to push on to a low-carbon economy.”
Now in its tenth year, WWF’s Earth Hour continues to grow. Last year 178 countries took part. You can sign up for Earth Hour at wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour
For more information:
 For more information on Earth Hour http://wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour
 In Scotland WWF’s Earth Hour is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and the Scottish Government
 The draft Climate Change Plan was published by the Scottish Government on January 19th 2017: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/01/2768#
The Scottish Parliament is currently scrutinising the draft Plan: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/101412.aspx