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Switch Off for Earth Hour: Saturday 27

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 25th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar


Image: Perth Skyline by EarthHourGlobal via flickr CC

Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Approximately 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses took part in the first year.  In 2008, Earth Hour involved between 50 and 100 million people in 370 cities and towns around the world, including Chicago, Toronto, Copenhagen, Dublin, Atlanta and Bangkok took part.  An independent survey found that 58 per cent of people in Australian capital cities joined in by switching off their lights.

In 2009, the concept truly went global, with Earth Hour triggering people to “switch off” all over the world – from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Times Square in New York. Millions of people in over 4,000 towns and municipalities in 88 countries took part.  2009 was also an important year for the UN climate negotiations. In December 2009, world leaders and climate negotiators gathered at UN climate talks in Copenhagen to agree to a deal to follow the Kyoto Protocol, which Australia ratified in 2007.

Switch off your lights for an hour at 8:30pm this Saturday, March 27

Visit the website for more information on actions in Australia & around the world.

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