Earth Hour - March 28th, 8:30pm

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Earth Hour aims to get one billion people across the world to switch off their lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. By switching off your lights you will be casting your vote and the results will be passed to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

This year, the goals for Earth Hour are bigger because the stakes are higher. Already 250 cities in 74 countries have agreed to take part including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Nashville with more signing up every day. Around the world cities like Moscow, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai and Mexico City will turn out their lights in support.

Councillor Jon Hardy said on this forum that he would "blow bubbles through my fish tank for the whole hour" to show his support for this.

April 3, 2009