Put the Earth first for an hour
CONSERVATION and candles are two concepts that will be brought together tonight at a Kingscliff restaurant.
Italian restaurant Bella Amici will turn off its lights for Earth Hour at 8.30pm for an hour, and restaurant maitre d’ Kellie Walker said she couldn’t wait to see the candlelit restaurant.
“Earth Hour is a great idea,” Ms Walker said.
“We are going to have candles everywhere.
“I try and turn the lights down when I can, because it creates a really good atmosphere and ambience, and it’s good for the environment.”
WWF Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said the event, which began in Sydney in 2007 as a stand against climate change, had grown each year.
“Australians are incredibly proud that an idea which began here in Australia has now been embraced right across the world,” Mr O’Gorman said.
“Earth Hour has taken on new meaning and importance since it was started five years ago.
“It is about so much more than one hour of darkness, it is about a lifetime of sustainability.”
Earth Hour co-founder and executive director Andy Ridley said this year’s focus on Earth Hour extended more than just the hour.
“It is only through the collective action of businesses, organisations, individuals, communities and governments that we will be able to affect change on the scale required to address the environmental challenges we face,” he said.
“Earth Hour is a chance for people and communities across the globe to join together with the common purpose of a sustainable future for our planet.
“This year Earth Hour asks people to commit to an action, big or small, for the coming year, taking Earth Hour beyond the hour.”
For more information visit www.earthhour.org