Bayside Celebrates Earth Hour

14 March 2013

Bayside City Council is encouraging residents to turn off their lights and switch on to renewable energy in recognition of this year’s Earth Hour.

Earth Hour, the global phenomenon that started in Australia and spread to 152 countries around the world, will be held at 8.30pm on Saturday 23 March. This year Australians aren’t just switching off their lights for Earth Hour, they’re also pledging to switch over to renewable energy for good.

Bayside Mayor Cr Stephen Hartney believes that using clean energy whenever possible is critical if we are to protect the environment for future generations.

“Along with our depleting natural resources and with energy prices on the rise, there’s never been a better time to make the switch to renewable energy,” he said.

While hundreds of millions of people across the planet celebrate Earth Hour every year, this year will see a focus on local action, with the launch of the Earth Hour Community Challenge.

Through the Community Challenge, the 5 Australian towns or suburbs that have the most pledges in relation to their size will win a free solar power system. This will be gifted to a local community organisation such as a nursing home, surf lifesaving club or athletic centre. Additionally, all those who pledge go into the draw to win a free solar system valued at $7500.

“Bayside City Council is playing its part to raise awareness about renewable energy this Earth Hour by turning the lights off at key landmark sites including the Brighton Clock Tower, the Black Rock Clock Tower, the Sandringham Rotunda and our corporate centre,” said Mayor Hartney.

To find out more about Earth Hour, and to make your pledge to switch, go to

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