24 Mar, 2014

City of Adelaides turns the lights off for Earth Hour 2014

City of Adelaide is calling on local businesses and residents to participate in Earth Hour again this year by switching off non-essential lights around the city on Saturday March 29 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

Council will turn off non-essential lighting in a number of its buildings and icons across the CBD and North Adelaide, including the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, the River Torrens glass boats, the Rymill Park fountain, the Colonel Light Centre and Eagle Chambers.

The Rundle Lantern, which is located on the corner of Rundle and Pulteney Streets, will also be switched off for the event.

“People sometimes don’t realise that making even the smallest change, for example turning their appliances off at the switch, can significantly reduce energy consumption,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.

“The Earth Hour initiative is not just about the one night, it’s about encouraging people to make small, easily maintained changes for the longer term.

“Our Council works closely with the City’s business and residential communities to reduce energy consumption and help address climate change.

“A great example of this is our CitySwitch program which helps office tenants save energy, greenhouse gas emissions and money” he said.

To find out more, and how to join, visit www.cityswitch.net.au

People are advised to use common sense during Earth Hour, for example keep safety and security lighting on, especially in public spaces and be careful when using candles.

Originating in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for a sustainable planet, with over 7,000 cities in over 152 nations now taking part.

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Rebecca Draysey