Earth Hour Live

Tonight, millions of people are joining together, and turning off their lights to help make a difference and raise awareness about the issue of global warming. See how the world is taking part, with these live news feeds and images from participating cities. Don't forget to share your Earth Hour moments too. Remember - turn off your lights!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


March 18, 2008: Australian and international personalities from all walks of life will be switching off their lights for Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29, 2008 in the hope of raising awareness to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more energy efficient. Locally, Brumbies and Wallabies star Stirling Mortlock has signed on as an ACT Earth Hour Ambassador and is keen to spread the Earth Hour message.

On Wednesday 19 March Sterling visited Yarralumla Primary, where Mortlock spoke to the students from grades five and six about how important their action on climate change is for the future of our planet.

Mortlock, who has a genuine interest in environmental issues, approached the organisers of Earth Hour early in February and expressed his enthusiasm to support the initiative.

“Earth Hour sends an important message that each individual can contribute to reducing global warming by making simple changes to their everyday energy consumption,” said Mortlock.

“Getting kids in the habit of thinking about how their everyday actions effect our planet is important for all our futures.”

Yarralumla Primary School Principal Sue Nott said, “Our school is in the process of implementing the recommendations of an extensive energy audit conducted by the ANU last year. These recommendations will be discussed with students, with a planned implementation mapped out and led by our Student Representative Council and staff.

“Yarralumla Primary is excited to have Stirling come and support us in promoting Earth Hour. His visit will strengthen the message about global environmental issues and what we can do at the school, as well as the local and wider community level, to make a difference.”

Cathy Freeman is another prominent Australian personality getting behind Earth Hour by featuring in an Earth Hour community service announcement for TV. She is joined by some of Australia’s most recognisable icons in supporting Earth Hour’s mission. Australian and international musicians, actors, media personalities, fashion designers and sporting figures are pledging their commitment to this campaign.

“Celebrities can carry a message to a mass audience,” said Earth Hour Director Andy Ridley. “Earth Hour’s message is that everyone needs to take responsibility to address climate change. So whether you are Silverchair, an accountant, a father, a politician, or a CEO, Earth Hour is something you can take part in.

“There are some amazing people supporting Earth Hour and it’s heart-warming to have support from all corners of the globe.”

The supporters represent a list of Australia’s “who’s who”, featuring over 50 personalities.

“We are amazed by the support Earth Hour is receiving from individuals across the globe and want to encourage all members of the community to get involved in Earth Hour. Supporters are pivotal in spreading the word and engaging the community with the simple idea of turning off their lights. Climate change is an issue that affects all of us so we need to come together to meet this challenge” said Ridley.

Mortlock said, “Switching appliances off at the wall when they are not in use and turning off the lights when you leave a room is just the beginning. Earth Hour is about inspiring thought on climate change – it’s wonderful to see this happening right now in schools all over the world, including Yarralumla Primary.”

Get involved and sign up for Earth Hour now.

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