On Wednesday 18th March, David Rees, AM for Aberavon, was delighted to attend the WWF Cymru event to show support for Earth Hour 2015. WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s biggest celebration for our amazing planet, with hundreds of millions of people coming together in a symbolic and spectacular light outs display. During the event, a ‘Planet’ cake was shared to say thank you for helping Wales contribute to moving towards a better planet in 2015, including the passing of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill.
WWF sees 2015 as a critical year for tackling sustainability issues, both within Wales and internationally. There are two major international opportunities to help our planet and people before the end of this year. The UN post-2015 international development framework should reinforce the international community’s commitment to poverty eradication and sustainable development. This will include a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be agreed in September, 2015.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference aims to develop a global agreement to tackle the causes and impacts of climate change and bring strong international action from 2020.
The Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill includes embedded action on the developing SDGs. Wales is the first country in the world to have achieved this. The Senedd event was a chance to celebrate what we are doing in Wales towards sustainability, raise awareness of opportunities internationally and our potential contribution to the global decisions in 2015.
Earth Hour itself will take place at 8.30pm on Saturday 28 March. This year supporters in Wales are encouraged to mark the hour with a candlelit dinner either at home or in a participating restaurant.