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Everyone is invited to Earth Hour

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By Euan Maxwell
Everyone is invited to Earth Hour

THIS weekend lights around the world will go out – and residents in this region are urged to take part.

The annual ‘Earth Hour’ organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) takes place this Saturday, March 27, from 8.30 pm.

And to take part, all you need to do is switch off the lights in your home for an hour to promote energy conserving attitudes and show support for the planet.

The event was launched in Sydney in 2007 and has since grown to become of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, with millions taking part across 180 countries.

The worldwide symbolic gesture has been a driving force for environmental change in recent years, influencing green legislation and showing the power of collective action.

Ahead of Earth Hour 2021, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s climate change project officer Sarah Farrell said: “We are working really hard towards the target of making Dumfries and Galloway a net zero carbon region by 2025. Events like Earth Hour are opportunities for us to highlight the special ambitions of this region, especially as we look towards the November COP26 conference.”

The council’s environment champion Cllr Dougie Campbell added: “As we’ve seen in the last few years, people power really can create change for the good of everyone and we wouldn’t be where we are in the response to climate change without the voices of people like Greta Thunberg and, our school strikers right here in Dumfries and Galloway.

“A global response coupled with local action is critical if we’re to tackle climate change and taking the time to mark Earth Hour is a clear demand for action.

“I want our region to demonstrate what’s possible if we all play our part. Our generation needs to respond to the emergency we are facing to secure a future for the generations to come.”

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