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Clydesdale MSP, Aileen Campbell has added her support to WWF’s Earth Hour.

WWF’s Earth Hour is Scotland’s - and the world’s - biggest public event in support of people and wildlife threatened by climate change, and this year the campaign is encouraging people to think about the kind of energy we use, and where it comes from.

Every year hundreds of millions of people around the world switch their lights off for an hour in an symbolic act about the importance of protecting the planet. In 2012, a record 152 countries took part and in Scotland iconic buildings such as Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge, the Scottish Parliament and the Falkirk Wheel all switched off.

The campaign will take place at 8.30pm on 23 March and will see locations around the world from New York to New Delhi going dark for the hour.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell said:

"I am backing WWF’s Earth Hour to show my support for tackling climate change and using more renewable energy.

"On 23 March millions of people will turn off their lights for one hour in a symbolic show of support for the planet and I hope people across Clydesdale will join in the campaign.

"Here in Scotland we are making great strides to tackle climate change and move Scotland towards cleaner and greener energy, but there is still lots we can do to help protect the planet."

Lang Banks, 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. This year, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for people to celebrate the natural power of our planet by backing the move toward more clean, renewable energy. Governments around the world are making decisions now that will shape the way we power our planet for decades to come.

"We’re pleased that so many MSPs support WWF’s Earth Hour, it’s an important sign that our politicians are committed to tackling climate change and helping people reduce their impact on the planet. As well as politicians, business and local authorities, we hope lots of individuals and community groups feel inspired to take part too."

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