Earth Hour is WWF's (the World Wide Fund for Nature) global event encouraging people and businesses around the world to switch off their lights and appliances for one hour - Earth Hour - this Saturday at 8.30pm. Wellington is an official partner city and the British High Commission is supporting Earth Hour in Wellington.
Mayor Kerry Prendergast says this promotion is a great way to raise awareness about Earth Hour and climate change issues.
"Wellington is really behind Earth Hour this year and this Ecobulb light bulb promotion is a fantastic way to spread the word even further. Thousands of Wellingtonians use our twelve libraries across the city each day and promotions like this are great news for our residents.
"We're also pleased to have the Sustainability Trust on board. They'll set up 'Earth Hour Every Hour' stalls in Cuba Street on Saturday next week to hand out Ecobulbs and general advice on how to make your home more energy-efficient."
Managing Director of Energy Mad - makers of the Ecobulb light bulbs - Chris Mardon says Energy Mad and Earth Hour share a common mission of saving energy and raising awareness of energy use.
"Switching your light bulbs to Ecobulb energy savers is a small but significant step anyone can make to help reduce unnecessary energy use and make a difference."
From Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 March, all library patrons who visit the check-out desk of any of our libraries will receive one Ecobulb light bulb, courtesy of Energy Mad. The company has donated 11,000 bulbs for the City Council to distribute to residents as part of our Earth Hour promotions.
So far, more than 30 Wellington retail and hospitality businesses have agreed to go dark, more than 50 of our commercial buildings will switch off and some of our best-known landmarks - Te Papa, the Beehive, the NZX tickertape and the Embassy screen - will flick the switch too.
For more information, visit the Earth Hour website - sign up for Earth Hour and you could be in the draw to win a Toyota Prius. If you're planning something for Earth Hour, then let us know. Zach Rissel is coordinating Earth Hour in Wellington and he'd love to hear from you - you can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org and (04) 499 4444.
Participating Wellington businesses confirmed so far include:
- Arbitrageur Wine Room & Restaurant
- Body Shop - two shops
- Burger Wisconsin - five outlets
- Café Italiano
- Civic Video, Courtenay Place
- Fidels Café
- Holy Cow, Kelburn
- InterContinental Wellington
- Jet Bar
- Karen Walker
- Kitty O'Shea's Irish Bar
- Logan Brown
- Mac's Brewery Bar
- McDonalds - eight restaurants
- Nomads Capital
- Southern Cross
- Splash Club - The Mermaid
- Starbucks - five outlets
- Sweet Mother's Kitchen
- Trade Kitchen
- Toyota dealerships
- Welsh Dragon Bar
- YHA (Youth Hostel Association)