Orkney MSP Liam McArthur used a debate in Parliament this week to highlight Orkney’s contribution in support of WWF’s Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is a global movement, which brings millions together across the world to call for greater action on climate change. Last year nearly 9 million people across the UK took part to send a clear message of support for climate action.
In Orkney, as well as action being taken by many individuals, households and businesses, lights were also turned out at St Magnus Cathedral and in the offices of Orkney Islands Council and NHS Orkney to mark Earth Hour.
Mr McArthur said:
“This is a campaign that has captured the public imagination. It demonstrates the small steps every individual and community can take as part of our wider effort to tackle climate change and protect our planet. I am pleased that many in Orkney have chosen once again to show their support for the campaign.
“Earth hour of course provides a timely reminder of the need for action all year round. Despite the progress made in a lot of areas, there is still much to do. I chose to highlight the issue of energy efficiency, which has been deemed a national strategic priority but where government policy still lacks urgency and budget. That is why i will continue to make the case for a Warm Homes Bill that delivers the ambition of genuine eradication of fuel poverty and does not make the task of tackling this problem in rural and island areas any more difficult than it already is.”