- March 26, 2019
- Posted by: Julie James AM
- Category: Latest News
I am pledging my support again this year for WWF’s Earth Hour campaign. Each year, millions of people all over the world switch off their lights for 60 minutes and organise events in their communities. This year Earth Hour will take place on Saturday March 30th 8:30 -9:30 with homes, businesses’ and landmarks all over Wales due to take part.
Last year over 400,000 people in Wales, took part to send a clear message: we care about the future of our planet. In 2018 Wales’ iconic landmarks including the Senedd and Cardiff Castle joined global landmarks, from the Empire State building to Sydney Opera House, to switch off for the planet.
As part of this year’s Earth Hour campaign I am supporting WWF Cymru’s calls for people in Wales to pledge to make one small change in their everyday lives to help protect the planet. This can include using a reusable coffee cup, turning the washing to 30°C or even helping to restore nature in the community. These small actions could have a significant, collective impact on the future of our planet.
This year I am pledging to plan a holiday closer to home. As a politician, and as an individual, I know I have a vital part to play in safeguarding the future of the natural world. We know the planet is under threat from the devastating impacts of climate change and we have seen wildlife populations plummet in Wales We depend on nature for clean air and water, fertile soils and improving our wellbeing – action must be taken to protect and restore it.
We will all feel the impact if we do not do our bit to tackle climate change and put the world on a path to recovery. Therefore, I’m encouraging everyone to make a pledge for Earth Hour and switch off at 8.30pm on Saturday 30th March.
The Welsh Government is taking strong action on climate change. I am expecting a report from a panel on decarbonising existing housing stock and The Welsh Government has published Prosperity for All: A Low Carbon Wales – a robust and detailed cross-government plan to cut emissions and contribute to the global fight against climate change.
It sets out how Wales will meet its first carbon budget and lays the foundations for how Wales will achieve its ambitious target of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050.
WWF Cymru Director Anne Meikle explains: “We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world. And almost certainly the last that can do anything about it. It is not too late, but we can no longer simply switch off to the world’s destruction and watch nature disappear. Instead we need to switch off for Earth Hour and create a powerful collective voice to call for real action to protect our planet.”
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