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Council encouraging local community to join Earth Hour 2015

Shoalhaven City Council is encouraging the local community to join the organisation in ‘switching off’ and taking part in the upcoming Earth Hour event between 8.30pm and 9.30pm this Saturday 28 March.

Beginning in Sydney as a one city initiative in 2007, last year’s Earth Hour campaign saw nearly two billion people participating across 162 different countries and territories worldwide.

The event, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), seeks to raise global attention to the environmental effects of climate change.

Mayor, Joanna Gash said she was encouraging local residents to join Council in switching off all non-essential lighting for an hour this Saturday evening.

“Beginning as a small event in Sydney, Earth Hour has grown dramatically each year to the point where nearly two billion people joined in switching off their lights during last year’s campaign,” said Clr Gash.

“Earth Hour is a remarkable people driven campaign designed to prompt further conversations and change behaviour when it comes to residential and business energy consumption.

“If the entire community made an ongoing effort to reduce energy use it would have a dramatic effect on the long term health of the environment.”

“After the event, residents can continue to lessen their impact on climate change by reducing their household’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.”

“I would strongly encourage all businesses and residential properties within Shoalhaven City to take part in the event by ensuring that all non-essential lights are turned off for an hour from 8.30pm this Saturday.”

Residents interested in participating in the event can register at www.earthour.org

 

CONTACT:  Mayor, Joanna Gash     0427 160 172

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