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Twelve children from two schools (The Batt Church of England Primary School and St Mary's Church of England Infant School) visited the Prime Minister and presented him with over 250 letters, poems and colourful art. Inspired by Earth Hour and climate change issues, their work highlighted one important message - the need for the Prime Minister to lead the UK towards a greener future for our energy system.

This year's Earth Hour encourages everyone to think about where our energy comes from and how we need to move away from dirty fossil fuels and towards clean, green, renewable energy that works with the power of nature, not against it.

In addition to letters and posters, some children had made polar bear and iceberg themed art from recycled materials such as juice straws and food wrappers, whilst some of their fellow students had written letters to local businesses asking questions about renewable energy. They also produced a book of personal messages on the theme of why nature was important to them and what could be done to protect it.

Karen Gates, WWF schools and youth manager, said: Last year over 3,500 schools took part in Earth Hour, so we know that protecting our amazing planet is an important issue for young people. Today we took that message to the Prime Minister. We now need him to show his support in reshaping our energy system to ensure that the next generation inherit a world where renewable energy guarantees a brighter world for us all."

Earth Hour is a unique global phenomenon that focuses the world's attention on our amazing planet. Iconic landmarks, businesses and local communities from all over the globe will switch off their lights at 8.30pm, on Saturday 23rd March, for one hour sending out a powerful symbolic message that they care about our natural world. To sign up to Earth Hour or find out more please visit: www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour

To see images of the school children meeting the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon, David Cameron MP in his constituency office in Witney, Oxon please DOWNLOAD FROM HERE: http://wwf-uk.groupdropbox.com/file/51d3109783f5f991

Credit all images to © Ash Knotek / WWF-UK (apart from IMG_0378.JPG/IMG_0372.JPG who should be credited to © Elizabeth Rossall/ WWF-UK)

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Editor's notes
WWF is one of the world's largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. We're working to create solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature can thrive. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, tacking climate change and changing the way we live. Find out more about our work, past and present at www.wwf.org.uk

Full details of the schools:

The Batt Church of England School
Corn Street
Witney
Oxon
(317 pupils ages 4 to 11)

St Mary's Infant School
19 Church Green
Witney
Oxfordshire
(89 pupils ages 4 to 7)

For further information, please contact:
Kellie Rollings, Tel: 01483 412340, Email: krollings@wwf.org.uk
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