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On March 26, hundreds of millions of global citizens, from one hundred different countries, united in the action of lights out. Earth Hour is a call to action to every individual, every business and every community. It started with a flick of the switch at 8.30pm on Saturday March 26, in a collective display of commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all - the planet.
Why take part?
Earth Hour is a WWF initiative which originated in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then, Earth Hour has gained a global following. With over 4000 cities in over 128 countries taking part, Earth Hour has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet.
If this can be achieved in only four short years, imagine what else can be done! Earth Hour is a demonstration of the power of individuals, communities, businesses and governments uniting to make a difference.
What can you do?
1. Sign up and switch off for Earth Hour – rally your friends and family and make it a night to remember. Switching off is a simple act, yet a hugely powerful one, making a statement that we care about the planet.
2. Go beyond the hour and commit to enduring changes for the planet. Earth Hour is the perfect time to make simple, everyday changes to our lives to reduce our environmental footprint.
MEDIA RELEASE: Residents urged to turn off their lights for Earth Hour
MARCH 9, 2012: Gladstone Regional Council will make the switch to a more sustainable future by participating in Earth Hour 2012 and urges the community to do the same.
A World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative, Earth Hour encourages residents and businesses to turn off the lights on Saturday, March 31, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm in aid of the environment.
"As part of Earth Hour 2012, any unessential lights and electrical equipment at Council offices will be turned off to raise awareness about climate change," Council Environment and Regulation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Col Chapman said.
This year's theme is 'Earth Hour Unplugged' in which Australians are encouraged to hold events to mark an "hour of no power".
Cr Chapman said Council encouraged the community to get involved by taking the time to reconnect with family and friends, whether it be a candle-lit dinner, drinks with friends or a games night with the family."
Visit the Earth Hour 2012 website at www.wwf.org.au/earthhour to find out more information or sign up to host an event.