THIS Saturday night millions of people across the globe will turn off their lights for an hour and Shoalhaven City Council is encouraging local residents to join in.
During Earth Hour, between 8.30 and 9.30pm, all residential lighting is turned off.
Beginning in Sydney as a one city initiative in 2007, last year’s Earth Hour campaign saw over 1.8 billion people in 135 countries participating across all seven continents.
Council has again committed to participate in Earth Hour turning off all non-essential lights and computers at its administration centre. For safety reasons all security lights will remain switched on.
Shoalhaven Mayor Jo Gash encouraged the local community to take part in Earth Hour by switching off all non-essential lighting this Saturday.
“As well as saving energy during the event, the goal of Earth Hour is to prompt conversation about residential and business energy usage and recognise opportunities to make everyday savings,” said Cr Gash.
“Reducing energy use not only reduces power bills but our impact on the environment as well.
“After the event, residents can continue to reduce their impact on climate change by reducing their household’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.”
Residents interested in participating in the event can register at www.earthhour.org