And it is here in Fawkner in 2012:
When: Sat 31 March, 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Where: Your place, or why not bring a candle and meet your neighbours in CB Smith Reserve outside the Leisure Centre and enjoy a (hopefully) starry night for an hour.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world across borders of race, religion, culture, geography and society will unite in a single moment of contemplation for the planet and celebration of their year-round commitment to protect it. Register your support on the Earthhour Australia website or just do it and switch off your lights for an hour and think of ways you can continue to reduce energy, and become more sustainable.
Executive Director and Co-Founder of Earth Hour, Andy Ridley says there is a deep connection between what we eat and how we treat the planet we live on. “Sustainability is not about eating cold beans, but it is about retaining sustainable food practices and reducing our consumption of carbon intensive food sources.”
Just what we say in Sustainable Fawkner in sharing the food we grow at our monthly food produce swap. We also try to eat fresh produce when in season and reduce the “food miles” in the food we eat. Do we really need to buy fresh cherries in the middle of winter air freighted from the USA?
Need some ideas for what you can do? Then visit the Zero Carbon Moreland social website for ideas how you can take action, or register to become a user (it’s free) and calculate your carbon footprint.
I will if you will Challenge
Italian pianist and composer Christian Calcatelli has undertaken to play an 8-hour live concert over the Internet if 5000 people commit to taking up recycling. “Switching off for one hour is an awesome way to realise that it’s small actions that can have a great impact on the well-being of our one and only planet,” said Calcatelli. “You can see how Earth Hour becomes a catalyst for change, you apply the concept beyond the 60 minutes and into various areas of life and it becomes a commitment,” he said. He is participating in I Will If You Will – Dare the World to Save the Planet at YouTube.com/EarthHour
So earth hour is a symbol, a catalyst, for us to think sustainably, reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint, and think of long term ways we can have less impact on the planet.