I’m sure you’ve all heard that WWF’s Earth Hour 2016 is at 8.30pm on Saturday 19 March. We’re thrilled that Beca Lyne-Pirkis, star of series 4 of BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off and S4C’s Becws, is supporting our campaign in Wales this year. I’ve had a chat with her about what she’s doing to join the global celebration of our brilliant planet and how everyone else can take part.
CRJ: Can you tell us how you’re supporting WWF’s Earth Hour 2016?
BLP: I’m very proud to be supporting WWF’s Earth Hour 2016 through my recipes – a delicious menu of buffalo chicken skewers, loaded sweet potato skins and a chocolate and ginger torte – that supporters can cook and enjoy during the hour by candlelight on Saturday 19th at 8.30pm. I also have Beca the Panda as my soux chef and have passed her on to Carolyn Hitt and Karen Price at WalesOnline this week to show and share my support.
CRJ: And why is supporting Earth Hour – and tackling climate change – important to you?
BLP: I feel lucky to be on this wonderful and wondrous planet and want to make sure that my girls and future generations can get to enjoy and be amazed by it too. It does scare me how much the Earth has changed over the last century, but what’s even more scary is how much more it could change if we don’t do something to tackle climate change. Earth Hour aims to draw attention to climate change and how we can protect the Earth for future generations, let’s not spoil things and take this beautiful planet for granted.
CRJ: We’re really excited that you’ve prepared these wonderful, sustainable Earth Hour recipes for us. I’m sure everyone will want to cook them on the night – where we can we find them?
BLP: No problem at all! They’re great recipes to share with your friends and family. You can find all the details on the WWF’s Earth Hour website and then get them on the plate before you switch your lights off for Earth Hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 19 March. My chocolate and ginger torte is delicious and will be a lovely treat to tuck into during the Hour – check out how to make it below.
CRJ: Food is a great way of communicating with people, isn’t it? How do you think our supporters can use food as a way of talking about the effects of climate change?
BLP: My advice is to try and eat seasonally, this will also make your supporters eat locally. The food will not only taste better but they’ll also be kinder to your wallet. Less food miles also means better for the environment. Also, try not to buy products in packaging – it annoys me when you see vegetables loose and wrapped in plastic on the shelves – ditch the packaging, it’s also cheaper! I’m also a stickler for wasting food – if you see things approaching their ‘best before’ date, make something with it and freeze it.
CRJ: Living in an environmentally-responsible way and thinking about how we can be more sustainable is very important. What do you do to be more ‘green’?
BLP: For me, it’s showing a good example to my two young girls and getting them to be mindful about the environment. From recycling to turning the tap off whilst brushing teeth. They may be little actions, but everything helps.
CRJ: You’ve recently moved back to Wales – that’s exciting! What are you most looking forward to about being back?
BLP: Cardiff has changed a lot since I moved away 10 years ago, but the big change is the food scene in Cardiff and Wales. I’m hugely proud of the fact that there’s a huge buzz about food in Wales and I’m looking forward to trying out all the new restaurants as well as discovering all the amazing food producers that we have in Wales.
CRJ: Food is obviously an important part of your life. Why is it important that we eat local and sustainable food?
BLP: There are so many reasons why we should eat local and sustainable food; from supporting local producers and communities, it helps reduce food miles, it’s better for the environment and it also educates us as to what’s seasonally British and good to eat.
CRJ: Thank you for taking the time to answer some of our questions – diolch o galon i ti. Finally, when can we next see you on-screen?
BLP: Well, I’m in the middle of filming the next series for S4C now and it should be back on your screens this Autumn!
How you can support Earth Hour
WWF’s Earth Hour is the global celebration of our brilliant planet. Everyone can sign up and add themselves to the map at www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour. Don’t forget to switch your lights off for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 19 March 2016 to make a symbolic display of your love for our planet.
You can find about more about Beca and what’s she up to by following her blog.