Martin Horwood, Member of Parliament for Cheltenham, has signed up to support this year’s Earth Hour by making a special pledge by backing protection of the world’s forests. Martin met with representatives from WWF-UK in Parliament this week to show his support for a responsible trade in sustainably-sourced forest products and to support WWF’s Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday 28 March at 8:30pm.
Earth Hour is WWF’s annual global grassroots movement where millions of people around the world come together to switch off their lights for one hour in a symbolic act of support to show they care about our brilliant planet.
Martin said: “Our planet is under pressure and we are facing huge environmental challenges including local issues like increased storms and flooding but also global challenges illegal logging and unsustainable management of forests. Earth Hour is a chance for everyone to do show this matters and help make a difference. I really hope that millions of people across the globe will come together on Saturday 28 March at 8.30pm to celebrate Earth Hour and take positive action to protect our natural world.”
Shareen Brown, head of WWF-UK’s Earth Hour, said: “Our natural resources are running out. We are already living beyond the limits of one planet, but by making small changes our daily lives can become more sustainable. Politicians play a vital part in helping to tackle the major conservation issues such as deforestation, so it’s great to have their support for Earth Hour. It’s a timely reminder that we all need to be doing more to protect some of our planet’s most precious wildlife and places.”
WWF-UK’s forest campaign highlights the issue of illegally sourced timber and unsustainable forest management, and aims to make responsible forest trade the norm. WWF-UK is challenging business and the government to commit to responsible trade in wood and paper to help end deforestation around the world. Deforestation is having a devastating effect on the world’s last remaining natural forests, for example, in Indonesia, Central Africa and Far East Russia. The world has lost nearly half its forests, and only a tenth of what remains is protected. And global demand for wood for timber, paper and fuel is set to triple by 2050.
- Earth Hour, organised by WWF, is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. 2014’s Earth Hour was the biggest yet, with hundreds of millions of people taking part across a record 162 countries and 7,000 towns and cities alongside world famous landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to Times Square in New York.
- In 2015 Earth Hour will be held on 28 March 2015 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.