Saturday (25th of March) from 8:30-9:30pm, is World Earth Hour. On this day people from around the world will switch off their lights to show that they are committed to change. An hour may not seem much but it will make a huge difference to our planet for action on climate change.
Climate change poses a fundamental threat to everything we love. Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and new and more frequent weather extremes will leave no continent untouched. Impacts are already being felt by many communities and ecosystems worldwide. Water supplies are shrinking, crop yields are dropping, forests are burning, and our oceans are becoming more acidic. This has huge implications for our livelihoods and human security.
Last week in the Scottish Parliament I spoke on the Draft Climate Change Plan. I highlighted the importance of getting this right as it will be our proposals and polices until 2032. By then children in primary 1 will be in early adulthood so this really is about protecting our planet for future generations.
We must ensure that they can benefit from warm homes and green spaces in urban communities. We need to promote good, integrated public transport to reduce our reliance on cars. We need to provide safe cycling and walking routes and so must more.
Through a combination of changes and proper monitoring of the Plan, we can lower our greenhouse gas emissions. This will protect our communities against flooding, protect our coastal communities and our marine environment. It will also help build on the 21 thousand jobs that already exist in Scotland’s renewables sector and create more manufacturing and sustainable fisheries jobs.
Switch off your lights during earth hour. You can find more information about Earth Hour and sign up here