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Alex Cunningham MP Renewable Energy ‘on the map’ for WWF’s “Earth Hour”

As we approach World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour initiative, the Member of Parliament for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, has praised Stockton Council and others in the area who are at the forefront of attempts to green the economy, with a number of exciting initiatives currently underway.

Alex showed his support for the WWF’s Earth Hour 2013 and plans to join, he hopes millions of others, in turning off the lights on Saturday next week. He welcomed the campaign, describing it as a ‘welcome opportunity to raise the profile of renewable energy’.

Earth Hour is the yearly campaign to turn the lights off for At 8.30pm on 23 March hundreds of millions of people will turn off their lights for one hour, on the same night, all across the world in a huge, symbolic show of support.

In the UK, we consume three times our fair share of the planet’s natural resources. And our reliance on high carbon fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas is over-heating the atmosphere and affecting the climate.

Alex said there was a good story to be told in our area and singled out Tristar Homes, who are leading the way on environmental sustainability in housing, the GoWarm initiative, which is insulating private sector homes, and the recent awarding of a contract to Tag Energy Solutions by the energy giant Eon. This will see the firm manufacture monopiles for the offshore wind industry.

Even Stockton’s schools are helping out, with Roseberry Primary getting involved in the exciting Solar Schools project and Egglescliffe School launching their own solar initiative.

Alex said:

“The WWF’s ‘Earth Hour’ is welcome opportunity to raise the profile of renewable energy. We only have one planet, so we need to do everything we can to protect it. We already know how damaging climate change is, and I have called on the Government to make sure that we do our bit to limit our carbon emissions.

“We’ve done some great work in Stockton, with the Local Authority and GoWarm leading on home insulation, our local businesses contributing to the offshore wind industry, and even our schools getting involved with solar energy.

“I am proud that our local area is making a difference, and would encourage everyone to get involved in Earth Hour this March 23rd.”