Whilst the Government remains consumed by Brexit, a lack of action to protect our natural environment is putting our world under threat like never before.
Our natural world is vital and needs to be protected. It provides us with our life-support system, and we cannot survive without it. Despite this, humans are destroying our forests, choking the oceans with plastic, and we are not doing enough to combat the growing threat of global warming.
Climate change drastically affects the lives of people living on this planet. Poverty, wildlife extinction and healthcare are made more difficult to manage in a polluted, warming environment and can lead to an increased risk of prolonged heat waves, rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
The impacts are also felt closer to home. Only this week researchers warned about a serious contamination problem from microplastics in the River Tame. These tiny pieces of plastic are entering our waterways from car tyres, clothing, plastic pellets used to make plastic items and paints on buildings and road markings.
Doing something about these environmental challenges and climate change can seem too big a problem for any one person can do something about – but small actions can go a long way. That’s why every year, millions of people take part in Earth Hour by switching off their lights and making a pledge to help our planet. Small actions in our daily lives can go a long way; reducing our plastic and food waste, eating more sustainably and using greener transport can have a big impact.
In past weeks, with more than 1.4 million young people around the world taking part in school strikes for climate action, young people have told us how important tackling climate change is to their generation – it is now the job of politicians to stop looking the other way, and join them in organising for a better future.
If we are going to combat this global problem that affects everyone, action needs to be taken by everyone. So join me and turning off your lights for one hour at 8:30pm, pledging to play your part in restoring our natural environment, and showing this Government the need for a new commitment to the future of our climate. This year’s Earth Hour will take place in the UK from 8.30pm until 9.30pm on Saturday, March 30.