MP WISHES ON A STAR for Earth Hour 2014

EarthHrThe MP for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne has signed up to support this year’s Earth Hour by making a special pledge to help protect the planet.

Mr Gwynne was one of many joining WWF in London this week to make their ‘starry’ themed wishes, ahead of the global lights out event, due to take place on Saturday 29th March at 8:30pm.

MPs were inspired to celebrate Earth Hour as a reminder to do their bit for the planet and advocate within their constituencies for the importance of building a sustainable future for both people and the planet.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

Our natural world is precious to all life that inhabits it, but we need to do more to protect it.  WWF’s Earth Hour reminds us that there are simple things we can all do for the planet, not for just one hour, but every day. It’s a great opportunity to bring together millions of people from across the world with one united goal – to help protect our planet.”

Earth Hour sees millions of people around the world coming together to switch off their lights for one hour in a symbolic act of support to show they care about our brilliant planet. WWF already works to tackle a lot of environmental challenges – like deforestation, threats to endangered species, and the impacts of climate change – but Earth Hour is a chance for everyone to say they’ll do their bit.

If everyone in the world lived as we do in the UK, we’d need 3 planets to support us, but by making small changes every day we can make our daily lives more sustainable.

Last year, Earth Hour bought together over 10 million people in the UK, and 154 countries took part. Iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House all switched off and hundreds of local communities, schools and businesses took part.

Shareen Brown, head of WWF-UK’s Earth Hour, said:

“We’re thrilled that MPs have given their support to this year’s Earth Hour.  Year after year we hope to inspire more people to sign up and join the millions of people across the globe taking part in this celebration of our beautiful planet. By switching off your lights, you will be part of a movement of people that are pledging to live more sustainably and creating a brighter future.”

This year for Earth Hour, WWF will be helping to create a brighter future for the Mara.  All of the money raised from Earth Hour is going towards WWF’s vital conservation work in the Mau Mara Serengeti, Kenya, which is one of the most spectacular places on Earth and home to some of the world’s most iconic wildlife including lions, cheetahs and African elephants. This incredible landscape is also central to national and local economies and directly supports the livelihoods of more than one million people. Funds raised will support WWF’s work in the region, from helping communities address human-wildlife conflict to providing local wildlife rangers with much needed equipment.

To find out more about WWF’s Earth Hour and register to take part please go to: wwf.org.uk/earthhour and join millions of people who are signing up to the big switch off.

Join in the conversation on Twitter with hashtags #EarthHour and #bebrilliant

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