Flick the switch for Earth Hour

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Natalie Wynne

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.

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