Australians encouraged to take part in Earth Hour tonight

AUSTRALIANS are being encouraged to join millions of people across the world for Earth Hour tonight.

Thousands of people across the country will switch off their lights for 60 minutes from 8.30pm as a show of solidarity for climate action.

Last year, a record 18,000 landmarks in 7000 cities around the world participated in the initiative.


Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched Earth Hour in Sydney in 2007.

Since then, the initiative has become a global movement for change.

Worldwide Fund for Nature CEO Dermot O’Gorman is urging all Australians to take part in tonight’s action.

“In signing the 2015 Paris Agreement, Australia committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 and events such as Earth Hour provide a symbolic show of solidarity to make a difference against climate change,” Mr O’Gorman said.

Queensland Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said Earth Hour was an important time to reflect on how we support and protect our planet as we face the challenges of climate change.

“Australia has just faced its hottest summer on record and there is no hiding from the fact that our climate is changing,” she said.

“We need to act now, and one way that we can take action in our own homes is to switch off our lights for 60 minutes from 8.30pm tonight.”

Ms Enoch said climate change is the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef.

“We have committed to a target of zero net emissions by 2050, with an interim target of 30 per cent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030,” she said.

“We have also committed to a renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030.”

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