Lights out for Earth Hour!

26 February 2009

It's not often the Council hopes for a blackout but Saturday 28 March at 8.30pm will be the exception.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast is asking Wellingtonians to turn off their lights and appliances for one hour - Earth Hour - to show their support for action on climate change. The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) is aiming to get 1 billion people in 1,000 cities around the world to take part, which would make it the largest mass participation event in history.

"Thanks to our position on the globe Wellington is the first capital city to celebrate this event, so it's a great opportunity to show the country - and the world - how it's done," says Mayor Prendergast.

"We're turning off non-essential lights and appliances in our buildings - rest assured traffic lights and street lights will remain on - and we're encouraging the people and businesses of Wellington to get involved too.

"How about turning off your lights at home and heading into town for some candlelight fun on Saturday 28 March? We're asking the cafes, bars and restaurants of Wellington to get onboard and fire up the candles - it should be a great night out."

Local fashionista Laurie Foon of clothing retailer Starfish is the Wellington ambassador for Earth Hour and she's rallying fellow businesses, staff, family and friends to the cause.

"The idea that everyone on the planet can participate in this and work together to change our behaviour is so exciting, and it's such an easy thing to do. The lights will be off in our Wellington and Christchurch shops - and at home too - and I hope the people and businesses of Wellington will get behind this great cause as well."

MoreFM is another Earth Hour partner and they're giving away a candlelit dinner for two at Logan Brown, complete with baxi (bicycle taxi) rides to and from the restaurant.

For more information or to register for Earth Hour, visit the Earth Hour website and you could win a Toyota Prius. Zach Rissel is coordinating Wellington's involvement in Earth Hour so let Zach know what you're planning to do - zach.rissel@wcc.govt.nz or (04) 499 4444.