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If you don’t work weekends, Earth Hour starts tonight!

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 25th, 2011

25 March , 2011 5:00 pmto26 March , 2011 9:30 pm


Melbourne City Skyline before and during Earth Hour 2010 Credit: © WWF / Jones 2010

This Earth Hour announcement was written for the Architecture, Building & Planning Faculty staff here at the University of Melbourne, by Sarah Zappia, Facilities Assistant.  I realised I needed the reminder that it really starts tonight, and Sarah graciously allowed me to republish it here.  KA

Officially, Earth Hour begins at 8:30PM tomorrow night during which time lights will be switched off around the world for one hour as people unite in a global sustainability movement.

Unless you plan on being at work on a Saturday evening, our Earth Hour starts tonight!

What you can do TONIGHT

  • Turn off your computer (including monitors!)
  • Turn off computers and projectors in teaching spaces
  • Turn off all lights
  • Turn off air conditioning or heating
  • Turn off any other electrical items
  • Of course, taking steps to help the environment shouldn’t be only for one hour of the year.

What you can do ALL THE TIME

  • Use the correct bins to minimise landfill
  • Use the battery and mobile phone recycling stations offered across campus
  • Minimise printing and use digital alternatives wherever possible
  • Use a KeepCup or mug for your morning coffee
  • Refuse plastic bags or additional unnecessary packaging wherever possible

Thank you for your support!

Earth Hour 2011 with the Port Phillip Eco-Centre

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 24th, 2011

26 March , 2011
8:15 pmto9:30 pm

People and candlelight in São Paulo, during Earth Hour 2010. Credit: © WWF-Brasil / Juvenal Pereira

On Saturday 26 March between 8.30-9.30pm the Port Phillip community is warmly invited to gather at Point Ormond to mark Earth Hour 2011.

Join us, along with indigenous elder, Aunty Carolyn Briggs, for stories about the land and sea, food by candlelight, and songs from the beautiful voices of The Gathering Choir, founded by members of the award-winning Choir of Hard Knocks. We will look toward the city to see if and how many lights switch off!

Candles and delicious vegetarian food will be provided, along with an open-wall marquee in case of wet-weather.

Please arrive 8.15pm for an 8.30 kick-off and please RSVP for catering purposes to: 9209 6548 or email:

Saturday, 26 March 2011 – 8:30pm
Point Ormond, Elwood

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.

Earth Hour at 8:30pm Saturday March 28 2009!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on March 4th, 2009

In 2007, 2.2 million people took part in the world’s first Earth Hour in Sydney Australia. Just one year later, 50 million people in 370 cities and towns, in more than 35 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour.
Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach more than one billion people in 1000 cities around the world, inviting communities, business and governments to switch off lights for one hour at 8:30pm on Saturday March 28 and sending a powerful global message that we care enough about climate change to take action.

For more information about Earth Hour 2009 click here.