County called upon to sup­port Earth Hour

CAM­PAIGN CALLS FOR AC­TION ON CLI­MATE CHANGE

Bray People - - NEWS -

THIS YEAR'S 'Earth Hour' cam­paign is ap­proach­ing, and Grey­stones Coun­cil­lor James O'Sullivan is urg­ing Wick­low res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate.

The cam­paign, which calls for ac­tion on cli­mate change and global con­ser­va­tion, will take place on Satur­day March 26 at 8.30 p.m.

'Earth Hour will be ob­served by mil­lions of peo­ple around the world, who will vote by flick­ing a switch to turn off lights in ma­jor cor­po­ra­tions, lo­cal busi­nesses, schools, uni­ver­si­ties, and at home,' ex­plained Cllr. O'Sullivan.

'In 2010 hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple across the world took part in Earth Hour, but switch­ing off the lights was only the be­gin­ning. This year Earth Hour asks peo­ple to com­mit to an ac­tion, big or small, that they will sus­tain for the fu­ture of our planet.'

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia when 2.2 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als and more than 2,000 busi­nesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against cli­mate change. Just one year later, Earth Hour had be­come a global sus­tain­abil­ity move­ment with more than 50 mil­lion peo­ple across 35 coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Global land­marks such as the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran­cisco, and Rome's Colos­seum, all stood in dark­ness, as sym- bols of hope for a cause that grows more ur­gent by the hour.

Last year, iconic build­ings and land­marks from Asia Pa­cific to Europe and Africa to the Amer­i­cas switched off. 'Peo­ple across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came to­gether in cel­e­bra­tion and con­tem­pla­tion of the one thing we all have in com­mon - our planet,' said Cllr. O'Sullivan.

'I hope res­i­dents of County Wick­low will show their sup­port for the cam­paign by tak­ing part in large num­bers,' he added. 'I urge ev­ery­one to go be­yond Earth Hour though, so af­ter the lights go back on; think about what else you can do to make a dif­fer­ence. To­gether our ac­tions can make a dif­fer­ence.'

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