It started with a question: How can we inspire people to take action on climate change?
The answer: Ask the people of Sydney to turn off their lights for one hour.
On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for a year.
So far, as well as Sydney, there’ll also be Chicago, Tel
Aviv, Manila, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Brisbane and Toronto all turning off their lights for an hour. And I’m sure there’ll be more cities by March.
Sign up for Earth Hour by visiting http://www.earthhour.org sign-up and join the movement.
Dublin is taking part.
Diners at the Four Seasons in Dublin will be digging into their food by candlelight tomorrow night as the hotelâ€™s restaurant switches off its lights for a major global environmental campaign.
Between 8pm and 9pm the capital will join dozens of cities across the globe taking part in Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change.
The eatery will be plunged into darkness for the entire evening save for candles on the tables while lighting at numerous city landmarks will also be powered off.
Galway and Limerick City Councils as well as 15 town and county councils around the country have also signed up for the initiative