Gold Coasters urged to switch off for Earth Hour

GOLD COASTERS are being encouraged to switch off their lights tonight as part of Earth Hour.

Lights will shut off in some 7,000 cities around the world for this weekend’s event, which will aim to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for environmental projects worldwide.

The team from local environment group GECKO will be hosting an event on the water at Currumbin.


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There’ll be a vegetarian pizza bake and a screening of the Earth Hour documentary can be viewed from 6pm.

There are also other events planned at Oxenford, Varsity Lakes, Surfers and the Currumbin RSL.

Canberra will also be taking part in the event, with 3,600 candles spelling “Lights Out for the Reef” set to be lit on the lawns of Parliament House to show the public’s support for climate action on the Reef.

“Earth Hour is a celebration of the fact that all of us have the power to inspire action on climate change,” said Earth Hour National Manager Anna Rose.

“That’s why we’re asking Australians to join us Saturday at various Earth Hour community events across Queensland, and then switch off their lights at 8:30pm to show their support for climate action and the Reef,” she said.

The energy saving initiative began in Sydney in 2007 before becoming a world wide conservation effort.

Organisers WWF have partnered with payments giant PayPal to allow donors to contribute for specific projects in countries from Russia and India to Canada and Indonesia, using Asian fundraising site Crowdonomic.

Projects under the “Earth Hour Blue” crowd funding scheme, which aim to raise more than $650,000 in total, include a turtle centre in Italy and funding for forest rangers in Indonesia.