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Wales has something big to celebrate this Earth Hour

 
Get creative in the dark! Remember to share your Earth Hour photos with us on the night.Get creative in the dark! Remember to share your Earth Hour photos with us on the night. Photo: Jane Cook

As I write this, it’s just over a week to Earth Hour. And I think that this year it should be even more of a celebration than usual in Wales.

Why? Because we’ve just done something amazing for our planet.

Yes, we did it. After over three years of campaigning, our politicians have passed a groundbreaking sustainability law.

The Well-being of Future Generations Bill will change the way public bodies in Wales work. They will have a duty to meet the future needs of our children and grandchildren as well as making decisions for today.

For example, it should mean more action to insulate homes to tackle climate change. It will also change how public bodies buy goods and services, such as sourcing wood in a way that protects forests.

This is fantastic news for Wales and the world!

Diolch_webWe celebrate the Welsh Assembly passing a groundbreaking sustainability law. Photo: Louise Clarke

Thanks to all of you who supported our campaign to get a strong Bill. That includes everyone who made a Welsh Wish for a brighter future, as well as our partner organisations in the Sustainable Development Alliance.

A lot’s happening in Wales!

It’s brilliant to see people and organisations across the country getting ready for lights out at 8:30PM on Saturday 28 March 2015:

  • We have many of Wales’ iconic landmarks switching off on the night – from the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea to Conwy Castle
  • 13 of the 22 Welsh councils have already pledged their support – already more than in 2014.
  • Cross-party support for Earth Hour in the Assembly – 24 AMs came to our event on Wednesday! Again up on last year.
  • Universities have also been getting in on the action – thanks to staff and students at Bangor, Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Swansea for signing up.
Poet Gwyneth Lewis is supporting Earth Hour. She wrote the famous inscription on the Wales Millennium Centre, which is signed up and is going dark on the night.Poet Gwyneth Lewis is supporting Earth Hour. She wrote the famous inscription on the Wales Millennium Centre, which is signed up and is going dark on the night.

Dine In The Dark

I recently dropped in to Cardiff Bay WI to tell them all about Earth Hour and it was a lovely reminder of how we can support such a big global campaign at a local level.

As I explained to them, this year we want you to support Earth Hour by dining in the dark. It could be a cosy candlelit takeaway for two, a dinner party using one of our Earth Hour recipes or a night out at one of our participating restaurants.

For more inspiration, check out what food blogger Jane Cook is planning on the night.

Why not enjoy a 'panda-lit' dinner for Earth Hour. Yes, we know...Why not enjoy a ‘panda-lit’ dinner for Earth Hour. Yes, we know… (Photo: Louise Clarke)

Personally, I’m planning to dine in the dark at one of the many restaurants supporting Earth Hour.

It’s great to see so many venues across Wales showing their support – from Enoch’s Fish and Chips in Llandudno Junction to Plas Bodegroes in Pwllheli and many restaurants in the capital.

On the night – get creative

Please share your Earth Hour photos with us on the night. On Twitter, follow @wwfcymru and then tweet us your images using hashtags #LightsOutCymru and #EarthHourUK. On Facebook, like our page then tag us (WWF Cymru).

We’re also on Instagram and if you’re in the Cardiff area, you can share your Earth Hour with the Igers Cardiff group.

So remember to do it for your planet at 8:30PM on 28 March 2015. Switch off the lights and have fun!

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