Saturday, March 29, 2008
Earth Hour Ireland extends thanks to supporters for 2008 initiative
Speaking in advance of Earth Hour, the Campaign Director for Earth Hour Ireland Cathy Flanagan said
“I am delighted with the response to this global initiative in Ireland, and in particular we welcome the support from Dublin City Council and the Lord Mayor Cllr Paddy Bourke.
Iconic buildings in the city centre which will switch off at 8pm include the Four Courts, the Customs House, mood lighting underneath 11 of the bridges that cross theRiver Liffey. The Office of Public Works has agreed to switch off lights at the Customs House, the Four Courts, facade lighting at Áras an Uachtaráin (President’s residence), and the courtyard in Government buildings. All these actions will be complimented by similar activities in cities such as Sydney, Atlanta, Manila, Copenhagen and Phoenix. In a campaign like this there is no such thing as an effort too small, we can all do what we can to help tackle climate change. Just by switching off all non-essential lights we can help make a big difference.”
"We would also like to extend our thanks to pupils in schools who have played their part. Pupils in schools such as Saint Ailbe's school in Tipperary Town where the fourth year class ran a campaign to raise awareness of Earth Hour in the week leading up to the Easter holidays. Posters were posted all throughout the school with letters sent home to parents and earth hour stickers given out to all pupils. "
"Earth Hour Ireland would also like to thank organisations such as the National Youth Council of Ireland, SIPTU and Dublin Docklands to name a few, all of whom have sought to raise awareness of our campaign through their networks.
Furthermore two Irish hotels deserve a particular mention, namely the Four Seasons in Dublin and Muckross Park Hotel, both setting an example to all hoteliers in Ireland.
If you are planning to be in Dublin city centre for Earth Hour why not capture the switch off and send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can keep up to date with further news about Earth Hour 2008 on our website www.earthhour.org/cities/dublin
Once again many thanks for your support