Australians urged to ‘switch off’ and #Connect2Earth for Earth Hour 2018

There’s just 10 days to go until people all over the country switch off for Earth Hour 2018.

Australians are being encouraged to mark the annual day, which started out over 10 years ago as a one off event in Sydney, by going “lights out” for 60 minutes at 8.30pm on March 24.

Earth Hour shines a light on the impact of biodiversity in Australia as a result of climate change.


“On March 24, Australians will be called upon to turn off their lights between 8.30-9.30 pm local time as a symbol of support to protect our planet for future generations,” founder of Earth Hour, WWF-Australia, said in a statement.

“This year, we encourage Australians to connect to earth by switching off during Earth Hour, reconnecting with Australia’s natural environment and joining the global conversation on how climate change is affecting Australia’s beautiful natural world.”

Already in Australia, more than 80 schools, 130 businesses, 30 councils, 30 community groups, have signed up to take part, with at least 80 community events to mark Earth Hour.

Over 20 major landmarks across the country will also switch off, including:

  • Sydney Opera House, NSW
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge, NSW
  • Australian Museum, NSW
  • Federation Square, VIC
  • Melbourne Arts Centre, VIC
  • The Brisbane Wheel, QLD
  • Suncorp Stadium, QLD
  • Parliament House, TAS
  • Tasman Bridge, TAS
  • Darwin Convention Centre, NT
  • City of Charles Sturt, SA
  • Samstag Museum of Art, SA
  • Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
  • City of Belmont, WA

Darren Grover, Head of Living Ecosystems at WWF-Australia says the impact of climate change on Australia’s wildlife is alarming.

“In our field work, we see the impact of climate change on Australia’s wildlife every day – from the green turtles in the Great Barrier Reef to our beloved koala in the bush,” he said.

“Our country will lose species at an alarming rate, and because our wildlife is so unique, a loss of Aussie species means a loss for the whole world.

“We are asking all of Australia to spend time and connect to nature this Earth Hour. By appreciating the wonders of Australia’s natural environment, we learn to value and protect our home for future generations.”

For more information on Earth Hour and to get involved, click here.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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