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Switch off and support the Rio environment summit

Monday, March 26, 2012

In June the Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro will host the environment summit and Meg Munn MP is already showing her support by signing up to WWF’s Earth Hour. This is a simple idea that has become a global phenomenon, with hundreds of millions of people turning off their lights on Saturday 31st March at 8.30pm to show they want to create a brighter future for the planet.


Last year 135 countries, hundreds of millions of people and famous landmarks from Big Ben and Buckingham Palace in London to the India Gate in New Delhi took part in the Earth Hour. It originally started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses joined in.


The Rio environment summit is a crucial moment for world leaders to discuss vital themes for the future, such as sustainable food, water and energy. It also assess what progress has been made since the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, which created crucial conventions on biodiversity and climate change and various mechanisms to monitor and promote sustainable development.


Meg Munn said:


“Many local people and organisations in Sheffield supported Earth Hour last year. I’d encourage everyone to continue to show their support in whatever way they can.”


Colin Butfield, WWF’s head of campaigns said:


“Earth Hour is not about saving an hour’s electricity. It’s something much bigger. It’s about people coming together to put the focus on this brilliant world we all share and how we need to protect it. Not just for an hour a year, but every day.


This year’s Rio conference is a fundamental moment for world leaders to commit to doing something tangible about the planet and taking part in Earth Hour is a small but important step that everyone can take on the 31st of March”


For more information visit www.earthhour.wwf.org.uk


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