Pupils at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls supported the recent World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour, which took place on Saturday 31st March 2012, between 8.30-9.30 pm. The initiative urges schools, individuals, businesses and cities around the world to switch off their lights for one hour, sending a strong message to world leaders that climate change demands urgent action. More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011. It also ushered in a new era with members going ‘Beyond the Hour’ to commit to lasting action for the planet.
Mr Meek, Head of Geography and coordinator of HMSG’s Eco-Schools Initiative, is a keen supporter of the WWF campaign. “This is the third year that HMSG has signed up to Earth Hour, and we are pleased to be supporting this year’s event. Earth Hour has been advertised around our school, discussed in lessons and at a recent Eco-School meeting. Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing people and nature, and demands urgent global action. Earth Hour is an inspiring opportunity for schools to do something positive to help tackle climate change. Children have a key role to play in the fight against climate change as they will potentially inherit the worst impacts of it. By supporting and taking part in the initiative the younger generation sends a powerful message that they care about the future of our planet.”