At 7:30PM last Saturday, Sydney turned off it's lights. Referred to as Earth Hour, it is the beginning of a year of
activities in which the World Wildlife Fund and The Sydney Morning Herald hopes
to reduce Sydney's greenhouse gas emissions by 5%. More than 65,000
houses and 2000 businesses participated in the event, including notable sites
like the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. During the hour, electricity use for Sydney dropped over 10% preventing over 24 tons of carbon dioxide release.
Their website housed information on special activities to do in celebration of the lights out period; the offers ranged from stargazing to speed dating by candlelight. However, the organizers main focus was to get others involved in solving the climate crisis and to show them that small, everyday actions can have an impact.
Other than promoting voluntary individual involvement, they worked with government and businesses to get building and office lights turned off. They noted that efficiencies and reduced light use in Australia's commercial sector alone "could reduce lighting emissions by 70-80%".
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