12 Mar 2009

Vote Earth by switching your lights off on 28th March

I've been on the phone to Stroud Valleys Project who are keen to see the Earth Hour publicised locally - see our news release below - we are hoping that many different organisations, individuals, families, businesses and more will take part. Have you got time to encourage say Hill Paul or College or some other to participate? Or could you hold a dinner party by candlelight to raise funds and awareness? Or just join in my switching off? Any thoughts and ideas please to Helen Royall on 01453 755509.

Helen will also be with Clare on Stroud FM next Thursday evening to publicise the event - see Stroud FM's fancy new website here: http://www.stroudfm.co.uk/


Supported locally by Stroud Valleys Project and Transition Stroud

Earth Hour will be the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming. For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour. Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

Clare Mahdiyone of SVP said: ‘It’s a chance for us to express our concerns about the environment with the rest of the world.’

Philip Booth, a Transition Stroud member, said:"The Copenhagen meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. This action is a chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard. Already over 74 countries and territories have pledged to take part and this number is growing everyday. "

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

Clare Mahdiyone said: "This year we have a goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet."

Clare Mahdiyone added: "We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations."

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour. Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

More information available from http://www.earthhour.org/about/
or http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/aboutearthhour/


Andy said...

Great to see you supporting this

dominiquehind said...

The new Vote Earth 2009 global website has launched. There is an element on the site that incorporates Google’s Friend Connect and we want to get 1 billion people on the site by November 2009, just before Copenhagen.

To get involved, all you need to do is:
1. Go to the site - www.voteearth2009.org
2. Register with Friend Connect
3. Send to a friend and get more people to sign up.

It would be great if you could help getting more people involved. Thanks for your help.

Get involved and VOTE EARTH!