MSP Graeme Dey to switch off his lights

GRAEME Dey, MSP for Angus South, is lending his support to Worldwide Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour by switching off the lights and celebrating the power of the planet.

Mr Dey, who is vice convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment committee is urging constituents, local businesses and organisations to join the thousands of others across Scotland by switching off at 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

The SNP MSP said: “I fully endorse Earth Hour and commend the work that WWF are doing in this regard. But more than that, I would encourage everyone to think about their electricity usage at all times.

“The move towards clean green power is really important but we also need to be aware of reducing energy wastage, for example remembering to turn the lights out in the home when they are not being used. This will help not only the planet but also energy bills.”

WWF is encouraging people to think about the kind of energy we use, and where it comes from.

By celebrating the power of our planet through renewable resources such as wave, solar and wind MSPs are pledging their support for clean, green, renewable energy as part of WWF’s efforts to tackle climate change.

In 2012 a record number of 152 countries and territories and 6,895 towns and cities took part for the biggest call to action for the protection of the planet.

In Scotland Earth Hour proved to be yet another successful year, with thousands of supporters switching off their lights and communities across Scotland hosting a variety of events.

All 32 local authorities got involved, with 14 achieving WWF’s ‘super local authority’ status.

Some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks went dark including the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower.

In Scotland over 800 schools joined hundreds of businesses, organisations and community groups for the big switch off.

Lang Banks, 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. This year, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for people to celebrate the natural power of our planet by backing the move toward more clean, renewable energy.

“Governments around the world are making decisions now that will shape the way we power our planet for decades to come.

“We’re please that so many MSPs support WWF’s Earth Hour, it’s an important sign that our politicians are committed to tackling climate change and helping people reduce their impact on the planet.

“As well as politicians, business and local authorities, we hope lots of individuals and community groups feel inspired to take part too.”

Now is your chance to take action to protect our planet – not just for one hour, but every day. So for Earth Hour 2013, as we all switch off our lights, we can focus to be on the kind of energy we use and aim to create a better future for the planet.