26 March 2021

Lights go out on landmarks for Earth Hour 2021

| Kim Treasure
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The world’s largest grassroots environment event starts at 8:30 pm tonight (27 March). Photo: WWF-Aus.

Old Parliament House and Canberra’s iconic telecommunications spire, Telstra Tower, will be among the ACT landmarks blacking out tonight as part of Earth Hour.

The lights will go out at 8:30 pm as part of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

This year, one-in-three Australians are expected to participate in the symbolic ‘switch off’ event, including 410 schools, organisations and individuals who have registered to take part in the ACT.

Several government departments are also going dark, including the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and Geoscience Australia.

Earth Hour coordinator Jasmine Ledger said she was thrilled by the level of participation, particularly given organisers weren’t actively encouraging events during the pandemic.

“This year, we want to inspire Australians to make small switches in their daily life to support Australia’s transition to renewable energy,” she said.

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“Whether it’s switching to a solar energy provider, switching to a responsible superannuation provider or simply switching to reusable everyday items, we can all be making changes to help reduce emissions and protect our unique flora and fauna.

“With climate change accelerating biodiversity loss, WWF-Australia is encouraging people to sign up and make the #switchfornature to support Australia’s switch to a renewables-based economy and reduce our contribution to global emissions.”

WWF-Australia claims just one household making the switch to solar power is the same as taking five cars off the road.

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According to WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman, “The act of switching off our lights for one hour has always been a show of solidarity for stronger action on climate”.

Ms Ledger said the best places in the ACT to watch the lights go out were the Telstra Tower in Acton, Lake Burley Griffin (for city views including Telstra Tower), Mount Ainslie Lookout and 7 London Circuit in the Canberra CBD.

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Capital Retro8:01 am 27 Mar 21

One could say the virtue signalling “lights out” experience could be a strategy to build receptivity for us because if a full transition is made to renewable energy we will have regular “lights out” events.

We’ve been running a low-energy use home since 1981! ? East-West orientation, North facing and extensive shading along the Nth side. ? R6.0 + in roof and all outer B-V walls filled with rock-wool. And we have 13 solar panels. And we grow lost of veggies.

Whole-of-house evaporative cooling for 10 years!

We often do not turn our lights off for this annual pissing-about exercise, but with the millipede/centipede plague, we have had our external lights off for > a week now.

My wife is recovering from cataract surgery and that’s an even better reason for not turning our indoor lights out.

More? Given EVO Energy’s wonderful performance in the last weeks here in the ACT, not one resident needs to do it.

I’m not a ‘dedicated follower of fashion’ anyway, so no and not ever.

Capital Retro6:20 pm 27 Mar 21

When you referred to “EVO Energy’s wonderful performance in the last weeks here in the ACT” were you being sarcastic because they deserve some criticism for the delay (and lack of info.) in restoring power to the TV and communications installations on Tuggeranong Hill.

Note also that a lot of equipment in that location is powered by solar and it failed due to cloud cover and disconnection to the grid for back-up power for the batteries.

Glad to see you are not virtue signalers either.

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