Lo­cals urged to em­brace Earth Hour

Franklin County News - - News -

Don’t worry when lights go out on Satur­day night in the district – there’s no power cut.

It’s sim­ply Franklin res­i­dents and busi­nesses show­ing they care for the fu­ture of our planet.

From 8.30pm to 9.30pm on March 28, lights will be switched off around the world as peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in Earth Hour – a global ini­tia­tive by the World­wide Fund for Na­ture.

Earth Hour en­cour­ages peo­ple to switch off their non-es­sen­tial lights and ap­pli­ances for an hour in the hope that peo­ple will ‘‘ switch on’’ to re­duc­ing their en­ergy use.

Franklin District Coun­cil Mayor Mark Ball says Franklin is join­ing cities such as Los An­ge­les, Lon­don, Hong Kong, Syd­ney, Rome, Dubai and Copen­hagen by par­tic­i­pat­ing in Earth Hour.

‘‘Franklin District Coun­cil is switch­ing off all non-es­sen­tial lighting to show sup­port for Earth Hour. Offices, halls and li­braries will be plunged into dark­ness for the event.

‘‘ I’m call­ing on Franklin res­i­dents and busi­nesses to par­tic­i­pate in Earth Hour. By rais­ing aware­ness of re­duc­ing en­ergy use through this event, hope­fully it will show that ev­ery one of us can make changes. We’re send­ing a pow­er­ful global mes­sage that it’s pos­si­ble for every­one to take action.’’ Mark urges the district to get in­volved, even by mak­ing an event of it, such as hav­ing a can­dle-lit din­ner party or din­ing at a par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rant, such as Bracu.

Franklin busi­nesses sup­port­ing Earth Hour in­clude Bracu, Coun­ties Power, Tui Glen Nurs­eries, Hynds, Gar­denza, Her­itage Ho­tel & Spa du Vin, McDon­ald’s, En­ter­prise Franklin and McLaren Brown plus many more.

Thirty-seven cities, towns and re­gional bodies across New Zealand have com­mit­ted to Earth Hour, with 80 coun­tries tak­ing part.

Check out the Earth Hour count­down on www.franklin.govt.nz.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Earth Hour - www.earthhour.org

To cel­e­brate Earth Hour this week­end, Franklin District Coun­cil has 2000 free Ecob­ulb light bulbs to give away. The Ecob­ulb light bulbs are avail­able for col­lec­tion from Franklin District Coun­cil Ser­vice Cen­tres in Pukekohe and Waiuku from to­day (Thurs­day). Each house­hold can claim one eco bulb and one eco down­light bulb each. First in, first served. Once the stock of 2000 runs out there are no more avail­able.

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