G-CAN invites you to join them in celebrating Earth Hour on 26 March

March 18th, 2011 by Guernsey Climate Action Network

At 8.30pm on Saturday 26 March 2011, communities across the world will turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to show that itʼs possible to take action on climate change.  Guernsey is one of those communities; we encourage you to get involved.

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From its inception in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change.

Earth Hour 2010 created history as the worldʼs largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and governments in 128 countries across every continent coming together to celebrate an unambiguous commitment to the one thing that unites us all – the planet.

Switching off non-essential lighting is a gesture that shows how small changes on an individual level can amount to a significant change in the bigger picture, especially when replicated by millions. Choices in other areas of our lives – such as how we heat our homes, how we travel around and how we buy our food – all have an impact.

Sign up at earthhour.org and go beyond the hour with a commitment to taking positive action for our planet. Those 60 minutes of relative darkness on March 26th will be an opportunity for us to think about our energy use and find ways to use energy more carefully.

What could you do? Some ideas for us in Guernsey…

  • Put a few well-known energy saving tips into practice – not only will it help the environment but it will reduce your electricity bills. Guernsey Electricity have a good leaflet. Download it or call 700 200 for your copy.
  • Have a car free day – try the bus! Timetables are available for download or call the team on 720 210 for advice on routes.
  • ʻThink Global, Shop Localʼ – reduce food miles and champion Guernsey growers by chosing local produce in the supermarket. Support our Farmersʼ Markets, held most Saturday mornings at St Martinʼs Parish Hall/ Sausmarez Manor and Le Friquet Garden Centre.
  • Help define a sustainable waste solution for Guernsey. Have your say in the public consultation which is underway this year. Visit one of the publicised drop-in sessions or email your comments to Deputy Scott Ogier (scott.ogier @ deputies.gg) who is leading the process.
  • Celebrate this year as the International Year of Forests with your own tree planting ceremony or organise one in your community.  Give the Little Tree Project a call on 238 150 to help you.

This information can be downloaded as a PDF file.

1 Response to “G-CAN invites you to join them in celebrating Earth Hour on 26 March”

  1. rosie dorey

    A ‘sustainable’ waste solution should primarily be focused on preserving resources, and not looking for ever more elaborate ways to destroy the waste that we create in our wasteful and consumerist society. Putting resources back into circulation so that they can be used again…. or even better, reducing the pressure on resources by reducing the waste we generate, is the kind of strategy we should be aiming for.

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