TUESDAY 10 MARCH, 2009 |
Earth Hour 2009
The greenest megawatt of electricity is the one you don't have to generate - and
if last year's Earth Hour is any indication, quite a few megawatts will be saved
during the upcoming event.
Earth Hour 2009
initiative of the WWF where individuals, businesses and governments turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change.
This year's event will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm-local time.
Originally an Australian event, cities in more than 60 countries around the
world have committed to Earth Hour 2009. Locally, over 100 councils have already
signed up to participate.
This year's Earth Hour will represent a major push is for an effective international agreement at the Copenhagen climate
conference, a conference seen by some as a last ditch effort to secure policies
that will prevent catastrophic and irreversible climate change. Among the issues
to be highlighted is establishment of a solid global carbon market and other
financial processes that promote renewable
investment in developing countries, support the implementation of
basic clean energy infrastructure in least developed countries, and deliver deep
emissions reductions within developed countries.
Over 50 million people, representing over 400 cities on all seven continents,
took part last year, making Earth Hour 2008 the largest climate event of
all time. 58 per cent of Australian adults in capital cities participated by
turning off the lights at home (56%), turning off some household appliances
(46%), and taking the mobile phone off charger off standby (37%).
While a symbolic act, the WWF points out that actions such as the Vietnam War protests
and the Sorry Day march do help drive positive change and Earth Hour is a way for people to get involved;
no matter their location, age or income level.
Businesses in particular are being encouraged to participate in Earth Hour 2009. In
Australia, if the commercial sector turned off lights when buildings weren't in
use and combined this action with other cost effective energy
technology, the WWF says lighting greenhouse gas emissions could
be slashed 70-80%.
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