Newcastle will be left in the dark this Saturday when it joins a global movement to switch to renewable energy.
Saturday, 27 March 2021, 8:30pm will mark the start of Earth Hour.
The annual event that began in Sydney in 2007 will see millions around the world switch off their lights for one hour in the symbolic event to support climate change action.
One in three Australians are expected to take part.
In the Hunter, students from Newcastle High School, Lambton High School, Belair High School, Merewether Heights Public School and St Mary’s Warner’s Bay have all committed to take part in the global event.
According to new research from WWF Australia, just one household making the switch to solar power is equal to taking five cars off the road.
“If every household in Australia made the switch, it would make up for the emissions of our entire transport sector,” a spokesperson from WWF Australia said.
“Australia has some of the best renewable energy resources in the world; endless sunshine, huge land areas and powerful winds.
“These combined with Australia’s world-class expertise and strong trade relationships means as a nation Australia can set the standard for the rest of the world and become a renewable energy powerhouse.”
This Earth Hour, WWF-Australia is encouraging individuals to support Australia’s switch to a renewables-based economy by making the #SwitchForNature.
Among the stars rallying behind the call this Earth Hour are Australian actress and climate activist, Yael Stone, football coach and former player, Harry Kewell, musicians Cody Simpson and DJ Tigerlily and lifestyle influencers Nicole Warne, Laura Wells and Victoria Lee.
Households, businesses and iconic Australian landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge will switch off their lights for one hour during the event.
“Whether making the switch to a solar power system, switching to an electric vehicle, or simply switching off for Earth Hour, Australians can help protect the planet we call home by signing up and switching off for nature on Saturday.”
For more information and to sign up head to www.earthhour.org.au .