Tom Brake gets charged up for Earth Hour

March 23, 2011 11:43 AM

This week Tom Brake got on his bike to help generate power for Earth Hour.

The event, organised by the World Wildlife Foundation, will take place this Saturday at 8.30pm and will see cities across the world come together to switch off their lights to raise awareness of climate change and the importance of safeguarding the natural environment.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington was one of 37 MPs who pedalled electricity-generating bikes in Westminster to power batteries which will be used to project natural world images onto the Royal Albert Hall during the hour.

For the duration of Earth Hour, famous landmarks across the capital such as Nelson's Column and the advertising signs at Piccadilly Circus will be plunged into darkness, cutting both carbon emissions and light pollution.

Tom, who was a Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the environment during his early years in Parliament, said: "I'm delighted to be able to show my support for Earth Hour. It reminds us of the significance of working to preserve our planet's fragile environment and of how we all have to come together to protect it from climate change."

Earth Hour began in 2007 when some 2.2 million people and over two thousand businesses in Sydney turned off their lights, and last year the event was celebrated in 128 countries. This year, 131 countries across all seven continents will take part.

For more information about Earth Hour, the work of the WWF in protecting the environment and about how you can take part on the day visit

What would you like to do next?