At 8.30pm this Saturday, thousands of Australian households and businesses
will switch off all their lights for just one hour. Telstra will again be
doing its bit to encourage action to address climate change by turning off
the lights in 70 Telstra offices and exchanges across Australia, joining a
staggering 1 billion people in over 1000 cities around the world who are
expected to take part.
Earth Hour (earthhour.org) is based on one simple concept: at 8.30pm on
Saturday 28 March, Australian households and businesses are urged to switch
off all their lights for just one hour. Through this simple act, they will
help raise awareness of the need for positive action to address climate
change. In 2008, over 58 per cent of Australian adults in capital cities
took part in Earth Hour, in some way.
Telstra's support of Earth Hour since it began three years ago, is part of
the company's ongoing sponsorship of WWF and its 'Building Nature's Safety
Through Earth Hour, WWF aims to prove that simple acts can make a
significant difference when they are carried out by a great number of
people. Earth Hour aims to encourage government decision-makers to take
action on climate change - indeed, the event's motto in 2009 encourages
participants to 'Vote Earth'.
Telstra is committed to the efficient use and conservation of resources,
which can lead to both environmental and business benefits. Telstra also
actively promotes the many ways telecommunications can help reduce
Australia's carbon emissions, through for example, telecommuting and video
Essential services such as 000 emergency services will be excluded.