Midlothian residents urged to support climate change effort

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie shows his support for Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday. Photo: Callum Bennetts, Maverick Photo Agency
Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie shows his support for Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday. Photo: Callum Bennetts, Maverick Photo Agency

Midlothian Council is again inviting people to take part in WWF’s Earth Hour by switching off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 25.

In doing so, the Midlothian community will join millions around the world in showing concern for the issues facing our planet, such as climate change.

A Midlothian Council spokesman said: “We hope as many people as possible get involved and show that Midlothian cares.”

Midlothian MPS Owen Thompson has signed up to support WWF’s 10th Earth Hour by making a special pledge to help protect the planet.

He was 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. MPs from all political parties will be celebrating Earth Hour.

Mr Thompson said: “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.”

The climate change campaign also has the backing of Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie who said: “There is no question that climate change is affecting the world we live in. As inhabitants of this planet, it is our responsibility to do our part to minimise the footprint that we leave.

“It is time we have a plan to make these changes a reality so that future generations have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful world we live in. I support WWF in their efforts to make the Earth a better place, and look forward to seeing the support that this event will receive.”

Now in its tenth year, WWF’s Earth Hour continues to grow. Last year 178 countries and took part. For more information and to sign up visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour