Campaign a shining light

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POWER is central to our lives. Our ancestors would have been amazed at being able to flick a switch and get light or heat. Many in the Third World today have similar experiences.

But our vastly increased demand for energy is coming at a price with the effects of carbon-based energy on the environment.

Campaigners reckon that we use three times our fair share of the planet’s natural resources.

Our reliance on high carbon fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas is overheating the atmosphere and affecting the climate.

The future of our planet relies on us moving away from unsustainable energy sources and on to renewable energy.

We need to seek a better balance of energy sources including energy powered by nature – wind, wave, and solar power.

I have joined forces with the World Wildlife Fund campaign to alert public opinion to this by taking part in its Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23, at 8.30pm.

It will be a global event that brings together millions of people who all care about our planet.

The idea is simple. We all turn our lights out for an hour to illustrate our support for energy that works with the power of nature, not against it.

Last year more than seven million people in the UK took part.

Iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Sydney Opera House and the Taj Mahal all went dark.

It helps to shine a light, so to speak, on the need to boost a clean green future through renewable energy that can contribute towards economic growth and create jobs whilst protecting our planet.

Of course, it is a token but symbols count as long as they are accompanied by actions, which I aim to highlight in Parliament.