Everybody in Bacchus Marsh is being asked to turn their lights off for just one hour on at 8.30pm on Saturday 28 March to show support for cutting carbon pollution for the sake of our food and farmers.
As many are aware, climate change is a huge issue facing our country at present, and our farmers are the first to see its effects.
Anna Rose, head of Earth Hour with WWF Australia, said: “All Australians are proud of our farmers for feeding the nation, but they are on the frontline of rising temperatures and more extreme weather. Flooding, drought, fires and changes in pests and weeds are affecting the farms that supply 93% of the food we eat.”
Famous landmarks all over the country will be turning their lights off for the event to show their solidarity and commitment to making small changes that can help change the planet.
If you would like to register your support, then head to earthhour.org.au where you can also find out about our local Earth Hour events or create your own.
Earth Hour organisers are also encouraging everybody to engage with the issue on social media by using the hashtag #AppetiteforChange.
As part of this year’s Earth Hour campaign there is also a book available called Planet to Plate: an Earth Hour Cookbook. It is a collection of 52 recipes by Australia’s top celebrity chefs including Margaret Fulton, Matt Preston, Neil Perry, Luke Mangan, Kylie Kwong, Jill Dupleix and Matt Stone. The recipes are combined with firsthand stories from Australian farmers highlighting the impact global warming is having on their farms and the availability of our favourite foods grown here in Australia.
Will you be participating in Earth Hour this year? Do you know of any local businesses that will be switching off for the hour?