MP is in the dark for Earth Hour

North Devon MP Nick Harvey urges people to join him in turning out the lights on March 31.

NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey will be in the dark at the end of this month as he takes part in a planet-wide environmental event.

Along with hundreds of millions of people across the globe Mr Harvey will be switching off the lights on Saturday, March 31 at 8.30pm to mark Earth Hour 2012.

The World Wildlife Fund initiative is about highlighting the need to protect and preserve the planet for the future – and Mr Harvey has called on people across the region to join him in the dark.

“I encourage people in North Devon to sign up and do something special during Earth Hour,” he said.

“From simply reading a book with your children, to a candlelit dinner party, everyone can show that they care for the environment.”

The event comes a few weeks before a big environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when world leaders will gather to discuss themes for the future, such as sustainable food, water and energy, and assess what progress has been made since the first summit 20 years ago.

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“This year’s Rio conference is a fundamental moment for world leaders to commit to doing something tangible about the planet and taking part in Earth Hour is a small but important step that everyone can take on March 31,” added Mr Harvey.

For more information on WWF’s Earth Hour, go to

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