Australians urged to ‘switch off’ for Earth Hour 2018 tonight

Get out the candles and be prepared for actual ‘conversation’ as Australians do their bit to save our planet.

We’re being asked to turn the lights off at 8:30 tonight for Earth Hour, raising awareness of climate change and the need to protect Australia’s iconic wildlife.

The annual day started out over 10 years ago as a one off event in Sydney, encouraging everyone to go “lights out” for 60 minutes to reduce our carbon emissions.


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According to WWF Australia, a new report reveals up to half the world’s plant and animal species in naturally-rich areas could face local extinction if carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked.

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.

On the Gold Coast tonight, the Concert for the Planet will be held at HOTA, transforming the Evandale parkland into a classical music soundscape.

The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, extended to include over 100 local musicians, will perform Holst’s The Planets with conductor Lachlan Snow and it will be live-streamed globally.

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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