Media Release: Climate Change
Date: 28 March 2008
Earth Hour 2008 - Saturday 29 March from 8pm to 9pm
Hanoi – The Australian Embassy in Hanoi proudly announced today that it is an official member of the Earth Hour Campaign 2008. Following the lead of the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australian Government is taking a strong and forward looking approach to this significant global problem.
Earth hour started as a way to inspire people to take action on climate change. It is a global climate change initiative which calls on individuals and businesses around the world, to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday 29 March 2008 between 8 pm and 9pm. The aim of the campaign is to show that individual action on a mass scale can help change our planet for the better. Last year more than 2 million Sydney residents joined Earth Hour by flicking the switch, turning appliances off stand-by and enjoying an hour of quiet darkness. In 2008, however, Earth Hour will be taking place in over 20 cities around the world.
The Australian Embassy in Hanoi will be participating in the Earth Hour 2008 campaign by encouraging staff to be more energy efficent in their home and in the office by turning off lights and other non-essentional electrical equipment between 8pm and 9pm on Saturday 29 March 2008.
More information on earth hour may be found at www.earthhour.org