Earth Hour
Earth Hour contributed

Bright idea has spread worldwide

ON MARCH 19 at 8.30pm, individuals, households, communities and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the planet and their acknowledgement of climate change.

Earth Hour 2016 will mark the 10th year of the worldwide grassroots movement which unites people to protect the planet. Famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney in 2007, it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns across the globe.

It's a movement towards change and there have been some major milestones during the past 10 years:

  • Uganda started the world's first Earth Hour forest;
  • Argentina used its Earth Hour campaign to help pass a Senate bill for a 3.4 million-hectare marine protected area;
  • Solar-powered lights have been installed in Indian villages without electricity;
  • Thousands of wood-saving stoves were distributed to Madagascan families;
  • More than 250,000 Russians voiced support for better protection of their forests and seas.

In 2015, some 500 people came together at the Grafton Anglican Cathedral to share their Earth Hour stories and learn more about what they can do to mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change.

This year's theme is: Protecting the places we love. You are encouraged to consider the places you love and what impact climate change may have on those places when your children's grandchildren visit them.

Please remember to switch off 8.30-9.30pm on Saturday, March 19.

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