MIDLOTHIAN MP MAKES EARTH HOUR PLEDGE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

Owen Thompson MP at the WWF Earth Hour Parliamentary event, 15 March 2017

Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, has signed up to support WWF’s tenth Earth Hour by making a special pledge to help protect the planet.  The world is changing – fast – and it’s never been more important to show support for action on climate change.

Owen Thompson MP is one of many MPs who met with WWF recently at the House of Commons to show concern about the future of our planet, ahead of the global lights-out event on Saturday 25 March at 8:30pm.  MPs from all political parties will be celebrating Earth Hour, sending a united message that this is a pivotal time for our planet and that more needs to be done to tackle climate change and build a sustainable future.

Each year, millions of people around the world come together to call for action to protect the planet.  Last year, a record 178 countries took part and iconic landmarks across the UK switched out their lights, from Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, to Brighton Pier, Edinburgh Castle and Caerphilly Castle.  This year – the ten-year anniversary of Earth Hour – is set to be the biggest yet, and with 2016 breaking temperature records for the third consecutive year, it’s never been more important to tackle climate change.

Owen Thompson MP commented:

“I am delighted to support WWF’s Earth Hour this year to demonstrate how important it is that we take climate change seriously.  I am proud to be a member of a Parliament which has set ambitious targets to reduce our carbon emissions over the coming decades, and I will continue to urge the UK and Scottish Governments to deliver clear plans in order to live up to these ambitions.”

Naomi Hicks, Head of WWF UK’s Earth Hour, said:

“We are at a real crossroads when it comes to our planet’s future. We all need to act and do what we can to protect our planet from the impacts of climate change. That’s why it’s great that MPs are giving their support to this year’s campaign and we hope they will inspire many others in their constituencies and communities to sign up and get involved on 25th March.”