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Scottish Scouts mobilise for WWF's Earth Hour

27 February 2009

Scotland's 36,000-strong Scout Movement is joining 28 million Scouts worldwide mobilising members and communities in support of WWF’s Earth Hour.

 

At 8.30pm on Saturday 28 March, members of the world's largest youth movement will join people in over 500 cities across 75 countries in switching off their lights for one hour in a graphic demonstration of support for determined international action on climate change.

Support for WWF’s Earth Hour in Scotland is growing fast with the Forth Bridge and Edinburgh City Council already signed up and many more set to follow. They join a list of iconic buildings worldwide including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Sydney’s Opera House, Table Mountain in Cape Town and Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland said:

“We are delighted the Scout Movement in Scotland is backing WWF’s Earth Hour. This promises to be the biggest show of support ever, involving communities from around the world in a dramatic hour of action on climate change and it is great to see young people getting on board.

“2009 is a crucial year for climate change with world leaders meeting in Copenhagen in December to agree a new international climate deal that will come into force when the first phase of the Kyoto treaty expires in 2012. Closer to home, Scotland’s Climate Change Bill has the potential to lead the world. We hope WWF’s Earth Hour will inspire MSP’s to make the Bill the strong example the world needs.

“WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple way for people to show their support for strong action on climate change.”

Jim Duffy, Chief Executive of The Scottish Council The Scout Association said:

“The Scout Association is always keen to promote environmental awareness among our members and to the wider community. By taking part in and spreading the word about WWF’s Earth Hour, Scouts will be making a real difference to climate change and once again making a positive contribution not only to their local communities, but worldwide”.

Luc Panissod, Acting Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement said:

“It is possible for everyone to take action against global warming. We see that Scouts all over the world have a great interest in the environment and are leaders in their community. WWF’s Earth Hour offers an opportunity for Scouts to demonstrate this commitment to tackling climate change and engage with their family and friends.”

Editor’s Notes

[1 WWF's Earth Hour – 8.30pm, Saturday 28 March 2009

*Sign up and switch off to show you want action on climate change.*

WWF's Earth Hour lights-out initiative began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as an awareness-raising exercise. In 2008, it went spectacularly global when more than 50 million people in more than 270 cities in over 35 countries turned off their lights for one hour in March. This year Earth Hour will be even bigger with towns and cities signing up across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information visit: http://www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour

[2] On 5th December 2008 the Scottish Government published a draft Climate Change Bill. WWF Scotland is calling on MSPs from all parties to back a strong Climate Change Bill which includes:
• the legal framework to require the reduction of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050.
• statutory annual targets for at least 3% cuts in emissions year on year to set us on a steady path of reductions to 2050.
• climate change emissions from international aviation and shipping.

[3] WWF Scotland is part of Stop Climate Chaos, an alliance of development, environment and civil society groups aiming for tougher action to reduce emissions - http://stopclimatechaosscotland.org

SCCS will be holding a Climate Change Rally on 22 April 2009. All coalition members and their supporters are being encouraged to spring into action for a strong Scottish Climate Change Bill. For further details of the rally contact SCCS Co-ordinator Gail Wilson on 0131 311 6512, 07950 532 067 or Gail.Wilson@rspb.org.uk

[4] To find out more about the Scouts Scotland http://www.scouts-scotland.org.uk/


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