David Rees AM backs WWF’s Earth Hour














Local Assembly Member David Rees is urging people, organisations and business in Aberavon to join him in signing up for this year’s Earth Hour.

 At 8.30pm on 23rd March hundreds of millions of people across the globe are expected to turn off their lights for an hour, to show they care about the future of our planet.

David Rees AM attended a WWF Cymru event in the Senedd to show their support for Earth Hour, which this year is focussed on the need to change our energy system to help the environment.

 David Rees AM said:

 “I am proud to take part in WWF’s Earth Hour and to be part of such a great and inspiring global event. Everyone can make a difference to help protect our planet.”

 “The energy we use has a big impact on the environment, so I’m pleased that this year’s Earth Hour is focussed on harnessing the natural power of the planet with renewable energy, as well as on energy efficiency.”

 “I urge everyone in Aberavon to sign up to Earth Hour online and switch off their lights at 8:30pm on 23rd March.”

 WWF’s Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses joined in. Last year hundreds of millions of people and landmarks from Big Ben and Buckingham Palace in London to the India Gate in New Delhi, and even as far as The Sydney Opera House, took part.

 In Wales, WWF Cymru hopes that this year’s Earth Hour can build on the success of 2012, when landmarks from the Senedd to Caernarfon Castle joined in and pupils from Ysgol Evan James in Pontypridd led the UK switch off with a candlelit procession through the town.

 Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru, said:

 “I’m delighted that David Rees AM is supporting Earth Hour. It’s vital that our National Assembly has a key role to play in leading by example on protecting the environment.”

 “For this year’s Earth Hour we want the focus to be on the kind of energy we use. To create a better future for our planet we need to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, which works with the power of nature, not against it.

 “So please sign up for Earth Hour, switch off on the night and help Wales switch on to green energy.”

Everyone can sign up for WWF’s Earth Hour 2013. For more information and to sign up please visit