Australia Celebrates Earth Hour

Earth Hour

Sydney joined 7000 cities across the globe in plunging into darkness by voluntarily switching off their lights to celebrate Earth Hour last Saturday night. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge along with thousands of businesses and homes across the city and throughout the country turned off their lights between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. As many as 154 countries around the world took part in the event which has become a global phenomenon.

The Great Barrier Reef is in danger

In Australia the event was used to focus attention on the need to fight against climate change in order to protect the Great Barrier Reef. 3500 candles were used to spell out ‘Lights out for the Reef’ on the front lawn of Parliament House. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg a professor at the University of Queensland and author of the report that was released on the Great Barrier Reef says unless urgent action is taken, the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef will be irreversible in a little over a decade.

“The scientific consensus has concluded that further increases in CO2 and average global temperature are almost certain to destroy the coral communities of the Great Barrier Reef for hundreds if not thousands of years. Losing the Great Barrier Reef for even a few years, let alone thousands, surely demands more attention from all of us.” Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.

Earth Hour celebrated across the country

Over 1000 events were registered throughout the country and aside from just dimming the lights, celebrations of Earth Hour included several community events such as street festivals in Sydney a large concert in Perth and a bushwalk in Canberra. Restaurant diners chose to eat by candle light and outback communities also took part by also going dark. Earth Hour has played a huge role in drawing attention to energy use.

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