That’s the question many people ask of WWF’s Earth Hour – which will take place this year on Saturday 29 March. But, Earth Hour has become an important fixture in our calendar and provides a great opportunity for millions of people across the world to reflect on what we can all do to improve the future of our planet.
With 154 countries across all seven continents pledged to take part, this really is a global event. Famous landmarks including Big Ben, Times Square, the Kremlin and the Sydney Opera House will all take part, providing a focal point in many countries for the event.
There is no doubt that Britain is ahead of the curve when it comes to climate change legislation, with Governments at Holyrood and Westminster taking a lead in setting ambitious climate targets. But more important than what politicians say, is what we all actually do in our everyday lives to face up to these challenges.
Earth Hour provides a platform for people to think long and hard about the steps they can take in their lives to help create a more sustainable future for our planet. The reality is that the choices we all make in our everyday lives have the potential to make a real difference to emissions levels.
So I hope you will join me in marking Earth Hour 2014. For different people this will take different forms. Some may join with others to share the experience. Others will take small steps such as turning off the TV and the lights – a great way to provide an opportunity to think about how we can secure a brighter future.
Earth Hour may be only an hour, but it’s a great reminder of the need for us to work together to make change happen for the benefit of future generations.
This blog is written by Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives and Unionists.