Earth Hour in Australia

My mum called me this morning from Sydney 10 minutes before the start of Earth Hour. Earth Hour 2007 was originally a Sydney event. However Earth Hour 2008 is a global movement.It was created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.

“On March 31 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world. In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.”

Maybe we can organise something similiar in the next few weeks. (in co-operation with the Environmental action activity?)

If anyone wants more information go to Earthhour.org.

Won’t the satellite pictures look amazing??

Sophie Weldon (Australia, AC06-08)

– United World College Student Magazine –

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