WWF’s Earth Hour
27 March 2010, 8.30pm
WITH just about 2 weeks to go,
the North West of England, its businesses and schools are being
asked to support WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday, 27 March 2010, and
join hundreds of cities around the world going dark for one hour.
WWF, the conservation organisation, is encouraging everyone around
the world to turn off their lights from 8.30 to 9.30pm to show
global support for action against climate change. With a
record-breaking 92 countries already signed up and over 800 schools,
30 Local Authorities and 260 businesses switching off in the UK,
Earth Hour 2010 is set to be the biggest ever climate change event
In Liverpool, The Cunard Building, St George’s Hall, and Liverpool
Cathedral have already signed up to switch off as well as places
like, Trafford Borough Council and Oldham Metropolitan Borough
Council who are are also supporting the campaign. Counties can
monitor their individual progress on a new interactive Earth Hour
earthhourmap.wwf.org.uk . As
more people sign up to switch their lights off, they can see how
their locality is performing and encourage their friends and family
to join them in helping ensure their county stands out.
There are currently more than 1,100 cities and towns signed up
worldwide - 100 more than this time last year. The number of iconic
landmarks signing up from around the country also continues to grow,
with the London Eye, Edinburgh's Forth Bridge, Stormont in Belfast
and the Wales Millennium Stadium all joining the campaign.
People in the UK will join those in 91 other countries and regions
around the world who have now made the pledge for Earth Hour to show
the world what can be done to fight climate change, with Honduras
the latest nation to have official Earth Hour recognition. This tops
last year's figures of 88 countries and with confirmation that the
Tokyo Tower in Tokyo and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin will both turn
off their lights for Earth Hour, all members of the G20 are now
taking part in the event. Global landmarks going dark on the night
include the Empire State Building, Table Mountain in Cape Town, the
Golden Gate Bridge, and the Burj Khalifa Tower, the tallest building
in the world.
Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing people and
nature, and demands urgent global action. Last year, world leaders
missed a key opportunity to agree a global climate deal in
Copenhagen, but with each year of delay, the impacts on people and
wildlife get more severe and the window of opportunity gets smaller.
Earth Hour will show world leaders they need to finish the job.
“WWF’s Earth Hour is an inspiring opportunity for people living in
the North West to do something positive to help tackle climate
change. Last year’s Earth Hour was the biggest ever climate change
event. By making it even bigger this year, we can all send a strong
message to world leaders that people around the globe are united in
calling for decisive action on climate change.” said Colin
Butfield, head of campaigns at WWF-UK.
Whether it’s joining your community to watch the city lights go dark
or hosting a lights out party in your own home, WWF encourages
everybody across the world to be a part of this important and
ONLINE RESOURCE FOR MERSEYSIDE FARMERS FROM BUSINESS LINK NORTHWEST
BUSINESS Link Northwest has
launched a new online resource to help farmers and growers in
Merseyside manage the daily challenges of running a successful
is a dedicated new section on the Business Link website, which
provides farmers in the region with practical information and
guidance to help them focus their planning, apply best practice and
manage government requirements, whatever type of farm they have.
The new farming section brings 86 guides together on one website.
They will be updated regularly to ensure that farmers can quickly
and easily keep up to date with industry and regulation changes.
This new information is divided into the following sub-sections:-
* Running your farm business
* Funding, schemes and grants
* Protecting farm environments
* Crops, horticulture and plant health
* Organic farming
Peter Watson, managing director of Business Link Northwest, said:-
“We are delighted to offer this new service to the farming industry.
Farmers and agricultural workers will be able to access a wide range
of business information and support in one place, which will save
them a great deal of time and money. We developed the new farming
content by working closely with all the relevant government
departments and agencies, and with farmers themselves. We believe
that it will quickly become an essential resource for farmers across
The farming section of:-
also links to general topics that all businesses need to know about,
► Employing people
► Taxes, returns and payroll
► Health, safety, and premises
► Environment and efficiency
► IT and e-commerce
► International trade
For more information, please visit:-
Business Link Northwest also continues to offer support to farmers
through business advisers, and through the telephone helpline. To
find out more call:- 0845 00 66 888.