County called upon to support Earth Hour
CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
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.'