Flick the switch for Earth Hour
TOWNSVILLE residents will flick the switch tonight and turn out the lights as part of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour.
Townsville City Council’s Environment and Sustainability chairman Vern Veitch said council was leading the way by extinguishing non-essential lighting at its two administration buildings in the CBD and Kirwan.
‘‘ We’re turning off as many lights as we possibly can,’’ he said.
‘‘ The only lights that will be left on are for security reasons.
‘‘ We’re also encouraging staff to do the same.’’
Conservation advocacy group WWF-Australia is urging everyone to turn off non-essential lighting and machines and unplug appliances for an hour from 8.30 tonight.
Earth Hour created history in 2010 as the largest voluntary action ever witnessed with participation across 128 countries and territories and every continent.
In Australia, state governments and more than 50 cities and towns across the country will also add to a significant tally of municipal support for the event.
Cr Veitch said while one hour out of the year didn’t seem like a lot, it was more about the message it sent.
‘‘ What we’re trying to do is encourage everyone to conserve every day of the year,’’ Cr Veitch said.