Alex Cunningham has signed up to support this year’s Earth Hour at 20:30 on Saturday, 28 March 2015, highlighting the importance of protecting the world’s forests.
Stockton North’s Member of Parliament is one of many politicians this year supporting Earth Hour – WWF’s annual global grassroots movement which sees 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.
And the Labour MP is also backing the WWF’s current campaign for a responsible trade in sustainably-sourced forest products, which highlights the issue of illegally sourced timber and unsustainable forest management while aiming to make responsible forest trade the norm. As part of the campaign, 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 in such places as Indonesia, Central Africa and Far East Russia. The world has lost nearly half its forests, with only a tenth of what remains being protected. But global demand for wood for timber, paper and fuel is set to triple by 2050.
“Our planet is under pressure and we are facing huge environmental challenges, including illegal logging and unsustainable management of forests. Earth Hour is a chance for everyone to show this matters and help make a difference.
“It is genuinely inspiring that millions of people across the globe will come together at the same time – 20:30 on Saturday, 28 March – 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.”