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MP Simon Wright gets charged up for WWF’s Earth Hour

March 17, 2011 5:00 PM

Simon Wright MP got on his bike this week to pedal with a Panda for WWF's Earth Hour, the world's biggest call for action to protect the planet.

On 26 March, between 8.30pm-9.30pm, the global skyline will be plunged into darkness as families, businesses and organisations across the world switch off lights to show they care about tackling climate change and safeguarding the natural world.

MPs from across the UK showed their support for WWF Earth Hour by pedalling bikes to power up batteries which will be used to project natural world images onto the Royal Albert Hall during Earth Hour.

The Norwich South MP said, "Earth Hour is a great campaign which I've been very pleased to play a part in over the last few years. Millions of people across the world, from over 100 countries, will do their bit by saving energy at the same time. It's a reminder that if people collectively make a small change, together we can make a big difference."

Earth Hour is a global movement that last year saw a record 128 countries and territories join the global display of climate action.

Colin Butfield, Head of Campaigns at WWF-UK said: "The challenge for our future wellbeing could not be greater. WWF's Earth Hour is a unique opportunity to join up with millions and millions of people from every time zone on the planet. The result is an urgent message that we want to reduce the impact our energy system has on our planet - a message so powerful that governments and businesses cannot fail to take notice. By acting now we can keep the future bright."

Attached: Photo of Simon Wright MP in Westminster on a dynamo driving bike

Visit wwf.org.uk/earthhour to find out more or register to take part.

About Earth Hour:

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating.

On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action.

Earth Hour is a powerful call to government to reduce the impact that our energy use has on the world's climate. In the UK we need to massively cut carbon emissions from energy use, setting an example for other countries to follow suit. WWF is calling on David Cameron to commit to an electricity sector that is ten times cleaner by 2030; to outlaw the dirtiest and most polluting power stations and to make sure the Green Deal massively improves energy efficiency in our homes.

WWF-UK is the UK arm of the WWF Network, the world's leading environmental organisation founded in 1961 and now active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. Using our unique combination of practical experience, knowledge and credibility, our 300-strong staff work with governments, businesses schools and communities both here in the UK and around the world so that people and nature thrive within their fair share of the planet's natural resources.