A photo shoot held at Portcullis House at the Palace of Westminster last Tuesday (4th March), saw her encouraging 64 MP's to pose with an oversized shooting star to pledge their support for Earth Hour. The drop-in photo shoot was to ask MP's to show their support for the annual event, as well as taking the message of Earth Hour back to their constituencies, as champions for greater community involvement. Whilst in Westminster Fiona came face to face with her local MP John Leech from Manchester Withington, as well as Caroline Flint MP, Caroline Spelman MP, Greg Baker MP, Tom Brake MP and many others.
'Coming from Manchester I never thought I would one day be walking into Westminster alongside people we read about in the papers who effectively determine how we live in the UK. I was pleasantly surprised how friendly and relaxed the MPs were posing with a giant star. Even my local MP turned up to the event, John Leech said he would be contacting the Siemens building (Manchester) on behalf of WWF to see if they too would turn their lights off for Earth Hour which is fantastic news.'
Fiona is based at WWF-UK's head office The Living Planet Centre and has been assisting with the coordination of the photo shoot, as well as briefing Politicians on the day about the achievements and impact of Earth Hour in previous years. Fiona will shortly be heading off to Brussels, where she has her sights set on persuading Members of the European Parliament, to take part in a second Earth Hour shoot. WWF engages with MEPs because of the role they play in environmental policy. This is doubly important with the forthcoming European elections.
It will be Fiona's first time in Brussels; 'there I will meet and work with WWF's European Policy Office. I've never had the opportunity to go into the European Parliament before and I have been entrusted with a lot of responsibility as an intern to meet face to face with MEPs and talk to them about our projects. It will give me lots to talk about when applying for permanent roles after my placement at WWF.'
Fiona graduated from the University of York last July with a 2:1 BA Hons Politics with International Relations before relocating to Ash Vale, Surrey to undertake her placement at the leading conservation organisation.
'From a young age WWF's work struck a chord with me. Working for such a well-known NGO I feel proud to be here, as you can see the results of their campaigns and efforts to protect species around the world such as the signing of the Illegal Wildlife trade declaration with world leaders.'
Editors Notes: On Saturday 29th March 2014 at 8.30pm millions of people around the world will come together to switch off their lights for one hour in a symbolic act of support to show they care about our brilliant planet. WWF's Earth Hour is the world's biggest 'lights out' celebration, inspiring millions to switch off and go 'beyond the hour', by taking simple steps all year round to live a greener lifestyle. Last year's record breaking event saw over 154 countries and 7,000 towns and cities taking part. In the UK over 10 million people joined in by taking part in fun activities such as candlelit dinners, stargazing and torch lit walks under the stars.
The unique countdown begins in Samoa and ends in the Cook Islands with iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Times Square and Big Ben plunging into darkness - creating stunning but dramatic city skylines.
Our modern lifestyles have been taking a toll on our planet. If everyone in the world lived like we do in the UK, we'd need 3 planets to support us. Earth Hour is a perfect opportunity to show you care and will do your bit. And that's never been more vital.
To sign up to take part and find out more visit: wwf.org.uk/earthhour #doitinthedark
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