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Mike pledges to protect the world's forests

Mike Gapes, Member of Parliament for Ilford South, has signed up to support this year’s Earth Hour by making a special pledge by backing protection of the world’s forests. 

Mike was one of many politicians joining WWF-UK at a reception in Parliament this week to show their support for a responsible trade in sustainably-sourced forest products and to support WWF’s Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday 28th March at 8:30pm.

Earth Hour is WWF’s annual global grassroots movement where millions of people around the world come together to switch off their lights for one hour in a symbolic act of support to show they care about our brilliant planet. To find out more and register to take part please go to: http://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour and join millions of people who are signing up to the big switch off.

WWF-UK’s forest campaign highlights the issue of illegally sourced timber and unsustainable forest management, and aims to make responsible forest trade the norm. WWF-UK is challenging business and the government to commit to responsible trade in wood and paper to help end deforestation around the world. Deforestation is having a devastating effect on the world’s last remaining natural forests, for example, in Indonesia, Central Africa and Far East Russia. The world has lost nearly half its forests, and only a tenth of what remains is protected. And global demand for wood for timber, paper and fuel is set to triple by 2050. 

Mike Gapes MP said: “Our planet is under pressure and we are facing huge environmental challenges including illegal logging and unsustainable management of forests. Earth Hour is a chance for everyone to do show this matters and help make a difference. It is genuinely inspiring that millions of people across the globe will come together on Saturday 28th March at 8.30pm to celebrate Earth Hour and take positive action to protect our natural world.”

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