Wednesday, 28 March 2018 04:59



SNP MSP Graeme Dey will lead a parliamentary debate in support of Earth Hour 2018 later this afternoon – after Scotland joined the world in marking the annual climate change awareness event last Saturday.

Earth Hour encourages people around the world to turn out their lights for 60 minutes to raise awareness of issues around climate change and environmental protection. Landmarks and organisations across Scotland, including Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum, Edinburgh Castle and Eden Court Cinema, joined Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, New York’s Empire State Building and others in marking the event.

During the debate, Graeme Dey will offer his thanks to WWF for continuing to co-ordinate Earth Hour across the world – as well as encouraging more people to get involved in activities all year round to help protect our planet.

He is expected to say:

“Last Saturday evening at 8.30, lights around the world went out to mark WWF’s Earth Hour. 

“This annual event is a symbolic act of solidarity for the planet marking the threat posed by climate change – globally, hundreds of millions of people take part in Earth Hour events. 

“It is ultimately behavioural change that will make sure that we are on the path that we need to be in order to halt the worst impacts of climate change.

“The annual Earth Hour activities are to be commended. 

“However, whilst they are important, we must remember that it is only through action the whole year round that we will be able to tackle climate change head on.

“Good progress has been made here in Scotland in us taking responsibility for this but we can’t stand still. 

“The Scottish Government’s upcoming Climate Change Bill provides an opportunity for us as parliamentarians to lay down a marker but it is only with the behavioural change, which as I said, I believe the public is now largely leading that we will get to where we need to be on this critical issue.”

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