Coffs urged to turn off for earth

THE Coffs Coast will experience a major blackout tonight from 8.30 – voluntarily.

Residents and businesses from all over the region are being asked to join more than 5.5 million others around the world for Earth Hour, a global initiative to take a stand against climate change.

The Plantation Hotel will be one of those businesses, turning off all the lights for an hour at 8.30pm and lighting the pub with candles.

“I am so proud that The Plantation Hotel is supporting this international environmental initiative,” licensee Anthony Brady said.

“I hope our efforts encourage more local business to participate and follow the lead of the big cities.

“Even if Coffs Harbour switches off for an hour it will make a difference.”

Earth Hour executive director, Andy Ridley, is encouraging people to participate in whatever way they choose and to think beyond the hour.

“There are no hard and fast rules surrounding participation in Earth Hour – we’re encouraging people to participate in whatever way they choose and to think beyond the hour,” Mr Ridley said.

“We only ask that you flick that switch and have fun doing whatever you choose to do during that time.

“Make Earth Hour work for you.

“Families with young children should feel free to turn their lights off earlier than 8.30pm and for those having too much fun in the dark during the hour, don’t feel you have to limit yourself to one hour and switch back on at 9.30pm.”

To find out more about Earth Hour, visit the official website www.earthhour.org, sign up and join millions of people in more than 1400 cities and towns in 80 countries throughout the world by turning off your lights for one hour at 8:30 tonight.



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