Mar 10: ACT Earth Hour Ambassadors announced

As the Canberra community gears up to participate in Earth Hour 09, seven high-profile locals have been named Earth Hour ambassadors and they are encouraging Canberrans to get involved in the climate change awareness event by registering on the website – www.earthhour.org

From 8.30pm on Saturday March 28, people from around the world will turn their lights out and turn their appliances off standby for one hour, to demonstrate their support for sustained action on climate change.

Canberra’s Earth Hour ambassadors are all lending their time to support the worthy cause, which aims to encourage people to ‘switch on’ to saving energy while ‘switching off’ for one hour.

ACT’s Earth Hour Ambassadors are:

• Stirling Mortlock – Captain, CA Brumbies
• Carrie Graff - Head Coach, Canberra Transact Capitals
• Allan Tongue – Captain, Canberra Raiders
• Professor Ian Chubb - Vice Chancellor and President Australian National University
• Amy Banson – ACT Young Citizen of the Year
• Jure Domazet – Director, Doma Group
• Peter Barclay - General Manager, King O'Malley's Irish Pub

Last year, Canberra led the nation with an outstanding 73% of the community participating in the event. As a community, the ACT achieved an impressive 11.4 per cent drop in electricity usage, which represents a reduction of 36 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of taking 8.4 cars off the road for an entire year.

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