Letter: Earth Hour helps protect the planet

EDINBURGH, UK - 15th March 2018: MSP's back WWF's Earth Hour which takes place on Saturday 24th March at 8:30pm. Earth Hour brings together people all across the world who will be switching out their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change and for a more sustainable future. (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY) For more information please contact Mandy Carter at WWF Scotland on 0131 659 9026.

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I’m writing to encourage Courier readers to join the thousands of people across Scotland, and millions around the world, taking part in the biggest event to protect the planet, Earth Hour.

It is takes place at 8:30pm tomorrow and there are hundreds of Earth Hour events happening across Scotland.

Climate change is already happening and one in 11 Scottish species are endangered including the capercaillie, puffin and the white-beaked dolphin.

Even small increases in temperature threaten many of the plants and animals that make Scotland such a wonderful place to live.

People can help by pledging to change an aspect of their life such as switching to a green energy provider, turning the washing machine to 30 degrees or going on a stay-cation.

Individually these changes may seem small, but together they will have a huge impact and will help to reduce the environmental footprint.

Why not share your pledge and your Earth Hour actions tomorrow night by tagging #EarthHourScotland on social media, and join millions round the world taking action to protect our planet.

Lang Banks,

Director of WWF Scotland,