Saturday night is Earth Hour – a great chance to show how small actions can collectively make a big difference to the environment. All you have to do is turn off all your lights for one hour, starting at 8.30pm. That’s it! Easy peasy.
The Squeeze: Iconic landmarks, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, Tokyo Tower, The Vatican and Buckingham Palace will turn off their lights this year as part of Earth Hour.
The World Wildlife Fund began Earth Hour in Sydney in 2007. Millions of Sydneysiders and thousands of businesses turned off their lights for one hour, reducing energy consumption by 10.2%. It was a powerful gesture that caught the attention of the world, and it is now practised in 152 countries across the globe, going from time zone to time zone, starting in New Zealand.
So switch off your lights and find some fun things to do in the dark: light some candles, play some games, tell some ghost stories ... or just have a cuddle! With all the lights out it is also a great opportunity to go outside and do some star gazing.
Living Lime: Earth Hour has launched the City Challenge to reward cities pioneering sustainability. An international jury will consider submissions from cities that outline holistic, inspiring and credible city plans that increase renewable energy in the city's energy systems.
By Anna Minns