Thursday, February 21, 2008
Prime Minister Helen Clark kicked off Earth Hour at the Christchurch Art Gallery this afternoon.
Christchurch is the first New Zealand city to commit to the global movement that will see 24 cities worldwide turning out their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 29th at 8pm, to show their commitment to fighting climate change.
Earth Hour was pioneered in Sydney in 2007 when 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 1,100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights, plunging iconic buildings and landmarks into darkness.
Due to our position on the globe, Christchurch (along with Suva,Fiji) will be the first of the world's Earth Hour cities to flick off the light switches.
Anyone wanting to support this WWF-New Zealand-led initiative can register online..... see web address on the free t-shirts above.