Huw and colleagues joined WWF Cymru representatives at the Senedd to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of WWF-Cymru Earth Hour.  The event also  included a special ‘Message in a Bottle’ campaign, demonstrating the strength of feeling across Wales for climate change action. 

Earth Hour takes place at 8:30pm on Saturday 25 March, and will see people coming together, across the globe. The Welsh arm of the global conservation charity has been busy collecting messages from across Wales and is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.  

A specially commissioned 8m, giant ‘Message in a Bottle’ sculpture, by artist Lulu Quinn, made from hundreds of unwanted and used bottles symbolising the gathered messages, will call on Welsh politicians and the world to take urgent national and global action on climate change.

Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies, a former UK Government Environment Minister said: “Climate change affects us all and I’m happy to support this campaign. Communities we call home and our incredible nature are also at risk and WWF Cymru are working hard in tackling climate change through the reduction of our emissions. Reading the messages that people have written brings home the strength of feeling out there, and as Welsh politicians we must respond accordingly.”

The Message in a Bottle campaign is based on the age-old, romantic practice, of sending a message in a bottle, which traditionally inspires the finder to take action and fulfil the wishes of the sender. WWF Cymru is turning this old practice on its head, with the aim of getting politicians in Cardiff Bay to feel similarly energised and stirred into action to reduce national emissions.

Anne Meikle, head of WWF-Cymru, said: “We’re delighted to see Huw Irranca-Davies AM support Earth Hour and climate change action. It’s good to see so many of our elected representatives prioritising their time to learn more about the messages we have gathered from ordinary people across Wales. There is real appetite for the Senedd to take action now.”

For more information on the Message in a Bottle Campaign or Earth Hour see: 

https://www.wwf.org.uk/messageinabottle https://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour