Feb 20: Earth Hour update
Around the world people are signing up to Earth Hour and realising that 2009 is a critical year for climate change. At the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, a new global deal will be negotiated to supersede the Kyoto Protocol. There has never been such an important time to take part in Earth Hour and Vote Earth!
As the days count down the world is well and truly engaged by exceeding a great milestone. We now have 538 cities in 75 countries joining WWF to turn off their lights at 8.30pm on 28 March.
The latest international icons committed to going dark include Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Colosseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Table Mountain in Cape Town and the world's tallest building Taipei 101 in Chinese Taipei.
On a national level, activities this week included Canberra's launch of various Earth Hour competitions and events, while in Adelaide the Town Hall and the Rundle Mall Lantern are planning to go dark.
Melbourne's Federation Square will host a people-powered Earth Hour concert with the electricity uniquely generated through the Future Spark bike riding competition in the week leading up to Earth Hour. We will tell you a bit more about this in the next enewsletter.
Over 5000 Australian companies are already committed, so make sure you download our business pack and pass the information on to your managers and colleagues. It's a great opportunity to share your concern about climate change and spread the valuable Earth Hour message.