Borderers urged to switch off and join Earth Day

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BORDERERS are being urged to take part in Earth Day on Saturday.

World Wildlife Fund is wanting as many people as possible across the world to switch off their lights for an hour in support of tackling climate change.

Scottish Borders Council has signed up to take part for a second year and hopes other Borderers will too (www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour).

WWF Scotland’s Director, Dr Richard Dixon, said: “Scottish Borders Council’s decision to join WWF’s Earth Hour highlights their commitment to this issue and demonstrates to others around the world that Scotland continues to be serious about action to address climate change.

“While the world still waits for nations to agree a new legally binding agreement to reduce global climate emissions, we must all continue to encourage more local action to reduce pollution. Earth Hour is one simple way for people to show their support for strong action on climate change.”

SBC staff will be taking part by switching off lights, where safe to do so, between 11am to noon on Friday.

Earth Hour was started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2million people and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off. Within a year the action had gone global with more than 50 million people across 35 countries and territories participating. Last year millions in 128 countries worldwide took part when world-famous landmarks including Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower and in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, The Falkirk Wheel, Inverness Castle, the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood House went dark.

Council leader, David Parker, said: “We are delighted to sign up to Earth Hour again this year to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to climate change.

“I would encourage everyone to get their thinking caps on and think of how they can save power not only for Earth Hour but on into the future to help reduce our own and the world’s carbon footprint.”