6 March 2008
Created to respond to this serious threat to our planet, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a message about the need for action on global warming.
Last year, on 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney (Australia) businesses turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour.
With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off, and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Chicago, Christchurch, Dublin, Melbourne, Perth and Vancouver (cities where the Edmund Rice Network has an official presence), are joining Earth Hour in 2008, thus turning a symbolic event into a global movement.
You can pledge your support for Earth Hour and find out more about the lights-out campaign at the above website.