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Switching off to save the Earth

From Dublin to Bangkok,  Tel Aviv to San Francisco, the message is the same – we need to act to save our precious planet – NOW! People from all over the globe from more than 152 countries, spanning 7 continents, will take part in spreading the message of combating climate change in this year’s Earth Hour.

From its humble beginnings in 2007 in Sydney, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Australia initiative has grown into a global phenomenon with more and more cities joining in each year. For just one hour we are urged to turn off all non-essential lights, spreading the message of climate action.

This year, Australians have also been urged to use renewable energy solutions after the event concludes to continue limiting our global footprint.

Also, a world-wide campaign, I Will If You Will (IWIYW), is in its second year and is yet again taking storm. Those from all walks of life and passionate about the Earth are pledging on YouTube to dare themselves if people commit to pursuing their specified environmental challenge. There are endless numbers of dares and challenges with one person even willing to paint his beard green if 10,000 participate in Earth Hour.

WWF has decided to participate in this year’s IWIYW in taking steps to rally against deforestation in Uganda. They have set a target to plant more than 500,000 indigenous trees within 2,700 hectares of protected land to create the world’s first Earth Hour forest. They are calling on the Earth Hour global community to come forward to contribute to the success of this task.

Earth Hour kicks off on 23rd March from 8:30PM within local time zones.

For more information on how to participate, head to the WWF Earth Hour website at http://www.earthhour.org/page/about/about-earth-hour

For the ‘I will if you will’ program check out http://www.youtube.com/user/earthhour/iwiyw

About Priya Mohandoss

Hi, I’m Priya, one of your subeditors for Lot’s Wife’s online news team. In Semester 2, 2012, I completed my Master of Journalism at Monash University Caulfield campus. I also hold Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degrees, both from Monash University as well. I look forward to contributing to Lot’s Wife in 2013.

Priya Mohandoss

The author Priya Mohandoss

Hi, I’m Priya, one of your subeditors for Lot’s Wife’s online news team. In Semester 2, 2012, I completed my Master of Journalism at Monash University Caulfield campus. I also hold Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degrees, both from Monash University as well. I look forward to contributing to Lot’s Wife in 2013.

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