Earth Hour is fast approaching, scheduled for Saturday, March 24th, 2018 from 8:30pm
to 9:30pm. What began as a “lights off” event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 has grown to engage more than 172 countries and territories worldwide. Millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside this hour to host events, switch off their lights and make noise for climate change action.
According to the WWF, Earth Hour is more than an event. It’s a movement which, over the last ten years, has achieved massive environmental impact. Everyone who participates is helping to change laws, lives and the planet.
To recognize the hour, Town of Perth staff will again turn off all non-essential lights at town-owned facilities. Earth Hour is for everyone; local residents and businesses are encouraged to participate, by putting their own spin on the evening and its celebrations.
Mayor John Fenik says, “I am very pleased that, once again, the Town of Perth will be taking part in Earth Hour. Every effort, no matter how small, makes a difference when it comes to climate change.”
At the January 23rd, 2018 Council meeting, Council passed bylaws to dissolve the Mayor’s Task Force on Local Climate Change, with an eye to forming a permanent Climate Change Sustainability Advisory Panel. Residents can expect more information on the new panel to emerge in the coming weeks.
The WWF website can be accessed at www.earthhour.org. Here you can find information on the history of Earth Hour, as well as photographs and ideas for planning your own event.