27 Mar 2012

SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, is putting the East End on the map by lending his support to WWF’s Earth Hour, while urging constituents, local businesses and organisations to do the same and switch off on Saturday night.

This Saturday at 8.30pm thousands of people from across Scotland will join millions around the world in turning off their lights for 60 minutes in a demonstration of support for action against the impacts of climate change on people and wildlife.
In 2011 millions of people in 134 countries worldwide took part in WWF’s Earth Hour. Some of world’s most recognisable landmarks went dark including the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower. In Scotland almost 500 schools joined hundreds of businesses, organisations and community groups for the big switch off.
This year, in addition to the lights going out at iconic Scottish locations, including Edinburgh Castle, WWF is encouraging community groups and local organisations to join in the fun. Ideas for celebrating include: star-gazing, torch-lit nature walks, candle-lit suppers or pub-quizzes and even games of golf in the dark. To register for this year’s event please visit:
Commenting, Glasgow Shettleston MSP, John Mason, said:

“Last year I took part in WWF’s Earth Hour and I’ll certainly be doing the same again this year – both at my flat and in the Constituency Office. I would certainly encourage fellow East Enders to do the same.

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland said:

“WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple way for people to show their support for strong action on climate change. MSPs are leaders in their communities and their support is very welcome. It’s reassuring that climate change remains on the political agenda here in Scotland, with the local council elections just round the corner. As well as politicians, business and local authorities, we hope lots of individuals and community groups feel inspired to take part too.”