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Stephen Williams MP to Take Part in Earth Hour

12.00.00am GMT Thu 26th Mar 2009

Stephen Williams MP helping to launch the WWF Earth Hour. (photography: Hywel Owen Davies)

Stephen Williams MP helping to support the WWF Earth Hour.

Bristol West MP Stephen Williams has helped to launch Earth Hour in Parliament. Earth Hour is a huge global switch off for one hour on Saturday 28th March to draw attention to the urgent need for action on climate change at the UN conference in Copenhagen this year. WWF's Earth Hour aims to inspire a billion people in 1,000 cities to show global support for action on climate change. So far more than 1000 cities in 84 countries have signed up including Bristol, London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast in the UK.

Many iconic landmarks will be switching off their lights such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, Nelson's Column in London, the Forth Bridge in Edinburgh, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Table Mountain in Cape Town, Sydney Opera House and Paris' Eiffel Tower.

The environment charity WWF is encouraging everyone to join the big switch off by dimming and switching off lights at home and of civic buildings and iconic landmarks. Restaurants and bars are asked to get involved by holding candlelit dinners on the night and members of the public can also hold their own events such as lights out parties. People can sign up to support WWF's Earth Hour by visiting or by texting Earth to 84880

Stephen Williams said, "I was pleased to help WWF with their Parliamentary launch of this important event. I know from my post bag that Bristolians care deeply about climate change and want to play their part in finding solutions. It's great that several Bristol events are already planned for Saturday. I will be gathering with over sixty Liberal Democrat councillors and activists for an event at Cotham Parish Hall when we will have a candle lit supper and quiz to mark the event."

Colin Butfield, head of campaigns at WWF UK, said: "We are delighted that Stephen Williams is backing WWF's Earth Hour. Negotiations for a global deal to tackle climate change are going on right now and it is essential that politicians demand the UK Government takes a strong leadership position.

"We want to create a groundswell of support and this is a chance for the people of Bristol to be part of a global action on climate change. Global leaders meet at the UN conference in Copenhagen later this year to determine how the world will work together to tackle climate change in future. A billion people across the globe turning off their lights sends a loud and clear message to politicians that they must make it happen."

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