Armchair Activism at it’s Best
Launched in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has come a long way from it’s 2.2 million strong first ‘switch off’ activism event, with more than 172 countries and 7000 cities across the globe now participating in the one hour long blackout. One in three Australians now participate in the annual campaign that was conceived to draw attention to the issues associated with global warming. The great thing about Earth Hour is the strong message that you as an individual working in conjunction with the rest of the globe can have simply by turning off your lights. It is a reminder of how easy change can be if we all work together. Some things can literally change at the ‘flick-of-a-swtich’ once we have a national or global consensus that change can and will happen.
Love your Natural Places.
The Australian 2016 campaign is focused on celebrating the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great: our breathtaking beaches, forests, reefs, national parks, snow-capped mountains, rivers and farmland which uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”. Yet these iconic places are under threat from rising temperatures and more extreme weather. Small changes to our climate as a result of increased carbon pollution are messing up the delicate balance of nature that we enjoy so much.
Rising temperatures will drive coral bleaching on our beloved Great Barrier Reef and a decline in snow season length and coverage in the Australian Alps, while rising sea levels are expected to erode our beaches and coastlines. On Saturday March 19, millions of Australians will take part in Earth Hour from 8:30-9.30pm to show their support a low pollution, clean energy future, one in which we can continue to enjoy the best of nature and our great Aussie outdoor lifestyle.
Families, friends, schools and communities across the country are encouraged to register their support at Earth Hour in advance of the global event, and reconnect with nature by heading outdoors together on Earth Hour night to celebrate the places you love – whether it be a gathering or dinner at a community garden, national park, beach, river or even your own backyard or balcony! I’m looking to head out by bus to the local cycle powered outdoor cinema event if the weather is permitting! You can also let the Prime Minister know that you will be watching to see if he turns off for climate! There is also a documentary, and loads of other resources you can check out on the website.