Bright idea to save Earth will plunge us into dark
Published 27/03/2010 | 05:00
THOUSANDS of cities across the world will be plunged into darkness tonight as homes and businesses turn out the lights to save the planet.
And Environment Minister John Gormley has urged people to get involved with Earth Hour to save money and reduce the amount of power used.
"As far as I am concerned you cannot lose with Earth Hour," he said. "It is a no brainer -- switch off your lights and save money.
"Businesses, in particular, should ensure that lights shouldn't be left switched on overnight or over weekends. I have witnessed this on many occasions and it is just wasteful and unnecessary."
Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007 when 2.2 million people and businesses switched off the lights for an hour.
Last year, one billion people in 81 countries, including Ireland, took part.
Iconic buildings across the country will take part this year including Government Buildings, Leinster House, the Custom House and the Four Courts.
The Rock of Cashel and Trim Castle in Co Meath will join the Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, London Eye, Brandenburg Gate and Tokyo Tower in turning off the lights from 8.30pm.
Mr Gormley will address the Green Party convention in the dark, as his speech is due to begin at 8.30pm.
Earth Hour coordinator Tony Lowes of Friends of the Irish Environment, said: "Unless we all act, no one will -- so please get involved."