Locals urged to embrace Earth Hour
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.