Make the ‘switch’ to a more sustainable lifestyle
Earth Hour is held yearly in over 20 countries and over 250 cities around the world who are part of the global countdown to lights out. Numerous cities and towns in Australia, Canada, USA, Singapore, Russia, Sweden, Belgium, Bolivia, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland and Turkey have already signed up. Moscow, Rio, Rome, Seoul, Manila, Singapore, Toronto, Hong Kong and Dallas are the latest to confirm their commitment.
We’re hoping that communities large and small around the World will once again join in this great event, and make a strong statement that they are both concerned about the state of our environment and committed to taking action.
Earth Hour will focus’s on broader, ongoing sustainability, in addition to carbon pollution and climate change.
They are asking people to go beyond turning off lights and instead make an Earth Hour resolution to start something bigger, Switching off your lights is a great first step, but your true environmental impact is much bigger than just your energy bill.
Each individual’s environmental impact – or environmental footprint – is made up of things such as the food you eat, the transport and housing you choose, and the goods and services you buy.
WWF has developed an interactive, online footprint calculator that allows people to quickly and easily work out the size of their environmental footprint, with hints and tips on how to reduce and improve it.
They are asking everyone to measure their complete footprint by using our online calculator at http://earthhour.org.au/.
Modern living means most of us lead environmentally unsustainable lifestyles – using the planet’s resources much faster than they can be renewed. Once you’ve calculated the size of your footprint, why not make a resolution to do something on an ongoing basis to reduce it?
Reducing your environmental footprint involves looking at the simple choices you make in your day-to-day life – choices about the food you eat, the way you move around and where you spend your money. If we all make simple changes, we can all make the switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Simple starter tips for reducing your footprint
Ditch the take away coffee cup – this will reduce landfill and the amount of resources used to produce your daily pick-me-up.
Try a meat-free day once a week – did you now that hundreds of litres of water are needed to produce one kilogram of beef?
Double the efficiency of your car by putting another person in it! – this is an easy way to reduce your mobility footprint.
Cut out one flight this year – air travel contributes significantly to your mobility footprint. Choosing to holiday closer to home, or avoiding business travel, can make a really big difference.
Recycle your electronic gadgets – old mobiles, iPods, TVs, computers and radios contain lots of material that can be recycled such gold, copper and coltan. None of this needs to end up as landfill.
Walk, ride or take public transport to work once a week – this will save you money, improve your health and lower your footprint.
Every night, make sure you don’t leave things on stand-by power – by turning appliances like TVs off at the wall, you’re eliminating wasted energy and carbon.
And… ask your local MP what their Earth Hour resolution is, and what they are doing to address climate change – this is a great way to make sure that your voice is heard and that your representatives understand your concerns.
About Earth Hour
Each year millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour, Earth Hour, to show that we can all choose to make a difference. In 2011, for Earth Hour nearly one billion people in more than 4,000 cities in 87 countries, turned off their lights. Around the world, icons that turned off their lights included the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Parthenon in Athens, the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, the Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube in Beijing, the Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, the Opera House in Sydney, the statue of Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Angel of Independence in Mexico and the Buenos Aires Obelisk, among others.
WWF International Network, the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation. It has close to five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
Source of information WWF Australia Media Release
Jonathon Larkin, WWF Media Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachael Hoy, National Media Manager email@example.com
Earth Hour depends on you getting involved and spreading the message that you are committed to the future.
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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax