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McKay urges Assembly to ‘put Sammy’s lights out’

16 March, 2009

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA and the Party’s Environment spokesperson Daithí McKay has added his support to a motion going before the Assembly today calling for support for the World Wildlife Fund’s ‘Earth Hour 2009’. The motion proposes switching off the lights in Stormont and all other Government Department buildings during ‘Earth Hour’ on the 28th March. Mr McKay said that all parties should support the motion and send a clear message out that the Assembly does not back the Environment Minister’s views on Climate Change.

Speaking from Stormont this afternoon Mr McKay said,

“For some time now Sinn Féin has been calling for the Assembly to mind its carbon footprint. There are many practical steps we can take to play our part in reducing our carbon output and help to reduce any detrimental impact on our environment.

“The WWF’s ‘Earth Hour’ will go some way in publicising and highlighting the small steps we all can take to reduce our carbon footprint and work towards practically saving energy and indeed during the current economic climate it will also go someway in helping to save money.

“I am sure that the Environment Minister will try and resist attempts being made to switch his office lights off in an attempt to highlight Climate Change but I would urge the rest of the Assembly to take this opportunity to ‘put his lights out’.” CRÍOCH

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