Turn OFF your lights – 8-9pm tomorrow (Saturday)

Support the Earth Hour initiative tomorrow (Sat 28th) and turn off your lights between 8pm-9pm.

But it will be dark!
I know … fun eh!? Light candles, play spooky games (I recommend Werewolf) or tell ghost stories – in essence HAVE FUN!

And it’s not just about the lights, that’s the minimum. If you can turn off anything else then do so – how about turning off the computer!!!

More info:

And finally – how do we feel about Christchurch being the official New Zealand Earth Hour rep … crap eh, it should be Wellington!!

Write to both Kerry Prendergast (Mayor – kerry.prendergast@wcc.govt.nz) and Ray Ahipene-Mercer (Portfolio Leader: Climate Change – ray.ahipene-mercer@wcc.govt.nz) asking for a big push for 2009 – think of the coverage we’ll get internationally, all because you all got behind it and asked!

Earth Hour (8pm , 29th March) – Wellington City Council press release

As promised:

26 February 2008

Wellingtonians encouraged to turn off the lights for Earth Hour

Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast is encouraging Wellingtonians to turn off their lights in support of Earth Hour on Saturday 29 March.

Earth Hour, a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative aimed at fighting climate change, was launched last week in Christchurch. While Christchurch is this year’s official host city for New Zealand, Wellington is eager to participate.

“Earth Hour is a fantastic way for Wellingtonians to show their commitment to fighting climate change. Every little bit helps and if we all turn off the lights for just one hour we all can make a difference. Wellington’s vision is to become the first carbon-neutral Capital in the world, we must do everything we can to make that vision a reality,” she says.

“We will be signing up as an official partner of WWF in this initiative next year and put some resource behind it. This year we will be leading by example and turning off our lights,” Mayor Prendergast says.

Earth Hour will begin at 8pm on Saturday, 29 March. It started in Sydney last year and was a resounding success with the city’s energy usage dropping by 10 percent. Lights on famous landmarks – the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge – were turned off for an hour and businesses and residents joined in. This year cities across Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand are joining in.

Wellington City Council will register as a participant of Earth Hour and will look at what lights it can turn off. This could include the external lighting at swimming pools, libraries, recreation centres and other Council-owned buildings and the lights in the trees in Oriental Bay and Civic Square.

Climate Change Portfolio leader Cr Ray Ahipene-Mercer says Earth Hour is a great way of showing how much we care about the planet.

Wellington City Council ARE supporting Earth Hour (8pm, 29th March)

I love this city and this country when you can email the Mayor of the capital, get a reasoned (if delayed) response and have things happen.

This is the follow-up from Kerry Prendergast regarding my question of how Wellington City Council is going to participate in this year’s Earth Hour:

Dear Mike

Thank you for your email of 10 January regarding Earth Hour.

I’m sorry it has taken a while to reply. We needed to wait until everyone returned from holiday to discuss the idea and make a decision.

You will be happy to hear that the Council is going to participate.