Earth Hour 2009 promises to be one of the biggest environmental mass movements ever. In 2008, 50 million people switched off their lights as part of the event. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome ’s Colosseum, and the Sydney Opera House were plunged into darkness.
In 2008, 63% of residents in Christchurch city took part in Earth Hour and a 13% energy reduction was achieved during the hour. In 2009, Earth Hour is coming to Rodney. Rodney District Council will be participating by switching off the lights at all Council offices and libraries.
You can be a part of this event too by switching your lights off between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on March 28. You might want to do something memorable like having a candlelight dinner or going for a walk to look at the stars. Or even telling ghost stories by torchlight!
In the longer term you can reduce your energy consumption by an average of 10% by switching off appliances on standby such as mobile phone chargers, TVs or computer monitors. That one small change can make a real difference to your power bill.
Toyota New Zealand is also offering people who sign up to be part of Earth Hour the opportunity to win a Toyota Prius hybrid. All you need to do to enter is say what Earth Hour means to you.
Switch off on Saturday 28 March at 8:30pm and vote Earth!