Tau­ranga to lead NZ Earth hour 2012 cel­e­bra­tions

Go on – switch off your lights this Satur­day.

Element - - Global Bulletin -

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

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