Earth Hour 2017: Caring for the environment together

This is a guest blog, from Scott Blance at WWF Scotland.

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All faiths teach the importance of caring for the earth and every one of us is reliant on the natural resources of our planet to survive and flourish. Neither climate change nor faith recognise any territorial borders giving religious communities a unique understanding of the global nature of the challenge and how small actions in one community can make a huge difference to another far away. Bestowed with this duty of care, actions intended to protect the environment make both a positive spiritual and practical impact to the Earth.

WWF Scotland invite all Interfaith members to join together in demanding action on climate change by participating in Earth Hour. Earth Hour takes place this year on Saturday 25 March at 8:30pm and is a truly global moment of shared action and unity.

Now in its tenth year, Earth Hour continues to shine a light on the need for climate action. The last three years have been the hottest on record, and people and nature around the world are already feeling the impacts of a changing climate.

Last year, landmarks across the world switched off their lights for an hour including the Sydney Opera House, Thailand’s Temple of Dawn, St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Events were held in over 178 countries to illustrate global support for stronger action on climate change. Over a hundred landmarks like Eilean Donan and the Kelpies switched off last year in Scotland. Edinburgh Central Mosque took part, engaging their social media followers. Dunscore Parish joined numerous churches in holding a service themed on care for the environment, while many other places of worship held candlelit services and vigils on the night.

By signing up, you’re joining thousands of people across Scotland and millions around the world to celebrate this brilliant planet and remind us of our collective power to make change. Communities will join together at 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March to share prayers by candlelight and reflect on and rejoice in the planet.

From hosting candlelit services to encouraging environmental action within our own communities, Earth Hour is an opportunity for all of us to explore climate concerns and how our faith calls us to address them.

Why not use Earth Hour as an opportunity to hold a reflection on care for the environment at your place of worship? Sign up to Earth Hour, find out about events near you, and access helpful resources at our website.

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Author: Paul Daly

Parliamentary & Media Freelancer at Interfaith Scotland, Advocacy & Activism Officer at Amnesty International in Scotland and board member of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

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