Tauranga to lead NZ Earth hour 2012 celebrations
Go on – switch off your lights this Saturday.
When the people of Tauranga turn off their lights in recognition of Earth Hour this Saturday at 8.30pm, they will be the first in the chain reaction of symbolic energy saving initiatives taking place around the world.
Earth Hour is the largest global environmental event in history. The annual lights-out event has evolved to offer recognition of, and opportunities for, communities to be part of the solution to the world’s environmental challenges.
The hosting of Earth Hour celebrations in Tauranga comes six months after the Rena oil spill disaster that struck last October. People from Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty rallied together to help clean up the beaches and protect wildlife in the immediate aftermath and months that followed.
“Earth Hour is the perfect time to celebrate this remarkable effort, and the efforts of communities across New Zealand, who come together to protect our shared environment,” says Tauranga City Council Mayor Stuart Crosby.
“Earth Hour symbolises our shared commitment to protect the planet,” says WWF-NEW Zealand executive director Chris Howe. “The response of the Tauranga and Bay of Plenty community – joined by Kiwis from across the country – when our worst maritime environmental disaster hit demonstrates this spirit of collective care for our planet.”
Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF. It began as a one City initiative in 2007, and has since grown to be a 5251 city strong global movement, reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents, with celebrations led by local communities. Anyone can take part in Earth Hour by switching out lights and unnecessary appliances for one hour on March 31 at 8.30pm – Earth Hour – to symbolise a commitment to protecting our world.
The Earth Hour global 2012 campaign “I Will If You Will” showcases how everyone has the power to change the world they live in. Along with a community event on March 31, Tauranga is supporting this global campaign by inviting the community to pledge actions for the benefit of the local environment. For every pledge made a dune plant will be planted in return as part of the Coast Care programme. For more visit www.earthhour.org