By going dark, the world can shine

Would you spend an hour in darkness in support of our planet? 

Millions of people around the world will be doing just that as part of Earth Hour 2014 –  the global event happening this Saturday, 29th March at 8.30 pm. So far, there are hundreds of schools, politicians, historic buildings and local councils getting involved. And thousands of individuals too. Why not sign up and join them?

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

It’s a symbolic and important act. A simple thing to do, but extremely powerful. Climate change is happening now and the devastation it is causing across the globe is evident.  We can, however, all do something to help.  Sometimes it is important to take a stand for what is right and important in the  world.  This is one of those times.

Earth Hour is about sending a message—to leaders in the world and to every member of the global community.  In just one hour and in just one way the message can be sent across the world.  For the message to be heard we need to come together and stand side by side in a common act.  This then creates one voice but a voice capable of being heard.

Edinburgh celebrates Earth Hour.I think there is more to it than taking a stand and speaking out.  Earth Hour gives us all the opportunity to pause and reflect on the planet that we all inhabit.  To appreciate its wonder, grace and beauty and, above all, remind ourselves of the importance of protecting it.  I am not even sure that Earth Hour is about us at this time.  It is about our children and their children beyond who deserve to inherit a world able to flourish.  This precious hour allows us to think through what unique contribution we make to creating a more sustainable world.

For those of us fortunate enough to live in Scotland we can acknowledge the demanding emission reduction targets we have set ourselves and the introduction of Scotland’s Climate Justice Fund.  This fund is already making a difference to the lives of climate affected communities in Malawi and Zambia.  We should be proud but we should also be keen to do much more.  No political reshuffling of countries should take away from the importance of this type of work.    I am quite fond of the term ‘global village’ and I think it fits well into this debate.

When the lights switch off around the world our planet will shine.

earth hour 1This year WWF Scotland is hoping to get more people than ever before signed up and they have asked if Scottish island mum can do her bit.  And I am asking you…..

Earth Hour 2014 will take place at 8.30pm on Saturday 29 March. Visit the website  to find out more about how to get involved. This is truly your chance to become an Earth Hour Star. 

To find out what is going on across Scotland to mark Earth Hour click HERE

Let’s please use our social networking sites to spread the word about Earth Hour and gather support.  You can download some stunning and memorable images HERE.

Send an E-card to friends and family for that personal touch that can make all the difference – click HERE. 

Donate to the WWF to support the incredible work they do – click HERE.

Above all please try and do something.  It matters.  With very grateful thanks & speak soon,

Scottish island mum.  xx




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