I have to say my Earth Hour was not that successful. We had planned a family dinner at my parents house. I knew dinner would be all finished by 8.30 and had imagined us chatting around the table in the candle light.
Bud (my Dad) had different ideas. I explained to him what Earth Hour was and suggested we turn the lights off at 8.30.” Bugger Earth Hour”, he said, “I’m watching the League”
At least he watched it in the dark
Here are some photos of what cities around the world got up to for Earth Hour
Dear Grey Lynn 2030
Help us show Auckland in a new light: Earth Hour 2009
We need your help! On Saturday 28 March, between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, it is expected that over one billion people worldwide will turn off their lights in support of sustainable living and the fight against climate change.
This year, as a partner city in the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) campaign, Auckland city needs your help to create an outstanding visual of a city taking action.
In 2008 global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Rome’s Colosseum, and the Coca-cola billboard in Times Square literally switched off as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
As a transition town we know that you and your community are already committed to making a difference in the way that you live. Because of this, you are ideal candidates to help spread the word and bring local excitement about the night.
• Hold an electricity-free street party with candles. Think about locally grown, low food mile, or low energy cooked food that you could make
• Meet together in a local park and make the most of the reduced light pollution to do some star-gazing
• Or perhaps choose a park where you can see the city skyline to see it like never before
• Or encourage your community to hold small candle-lit dinners with neighbours.
Visit our website for more information about Earth Hour in Auckland city and how you can be more sustainable post-Earth Hour.
To download posters, postcards, and logos and to sign up to the global movement visit the WWF website at www.earthhour.org,
Please don’t hesitate to contact Zoe Shorter, Environmental Policy Analyst, with any questions, ideas, or stories related to Earth Hour: firstname.lastname@example.org, (09) 307 7553.
Aaron Bhatnagar, Councillor
Earth Hour 2009 is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. Earth hour is a call to stand up, to take responsibility and to get involved in working towards a sustainable future. In 2008, 50 million people in 370 cities and towns, in more than 35 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour. Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach more than one billion people in 1000 cities around the world, inviting communities, business and governments to switch off lights for one hour at 8:30pm on Saturday March 28 and sending a powerful global message that we care enough about climate change to take action.
For more information – http://www.earthhour.org/
What can we do for Earth Hour in our community? – here are some ideas how we can get all of Grey Lynn, Ponsonby and Westmere to turn out the lights for an hour on 28th March.
Earth Hour Ideas
- Star gazing night find someone with a high powered telescope and some knowledge of the constellations and organise a star gazing session
- Contact the power companies to get a measurement of the drop in usage over the hour – we agreed to target a 5% reduction
- Contact all restaurants and bars and ask them to host a candlelit dinner for the hour. Encourage one bar to have an acoustic set on that evening
- Contact all shops and offices and get them to turn off their display lighting for the evening – give each shop willing to do this a poster to put in the window for the night. Contact the Chamber of Commerce and to see if they can email their members
- See if a shop would have a special on candles
- Contact all of the shops that are open at that 9.00 on Saturday and see if they will do a candlelit or solar light hour
- Walk up Mt Eden to see the view of town when the lights go out
- General awareness in the community – articles in local papers ( press release – maybe 2 weeks prior and follow up with ads and emails out to database)
- Arrange for iconic lights to go out – Auckland War Memorial, Bastion Point, all public buildings
- We discussed the idea of the street lights going out. Think it might be a safety issue. Would be good to at least get all the peripheral lighting eg gardens and parks turned off.
- Schools – contact schools and get something in their newsletters
- Check out events calendars and see if anything is on that night that we could get involved with
The good folk in Pt Chev are on to it, if you would rather not stay at home on your own in your dark house.
Coyle Park 8 – 9.30pm Saturday, March 28th – join us to watch the lights go out.
Earth hour 2009 is from 8.30-9.30 on March 28th. To acknowledge the need to take action on Climate Change, people all over the world are encouraged to turn out the lights for one hour… We understand the Sky Tower will go dark, and hope to also see other lights go out. We will meet at the Coyle Park playground. Torches (preferably rechargable!) may be needed to safely navigate the park. Don’t forget to turn out your own lights before you leave home.