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Switch on to renewable energy

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Join millions in turning out the lights and switching on to renewable energy for Earth Hour 2013.

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A candlelit Earth Hour in Beijing, China, in 2010 where participants show a three-finger sustainability sign that signifies balance between society, environment and economy. www.sustainabilitysymbol.com

Credit: McMaster Institute for Sustainable Development in Commerce

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Earth Hour has quickly become one of the world’s largest environmental movements, and this year it has another strong message to send.

The event, which started in 2007 in Sydney, is now a global phenomenon that takes place in nearly 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories around the world. It’s not just about turning off the lights for an hour – each year there is a specific theme that surrounds the event.

“There’s always been little a bit of focus throughout, and this year, the focus is very much on renewable energy,” says Hamish Wyatt, from the World Wildlife Fund Australia. “We’re asking people to pledge to switch on to renewable energy.”

The aim of the pledge is to send a clear message to the government that it’s time to get behind renewable energy and protect our future. The goal in Australia is to see the renewable energy target increased to 50 per cent by 2030. Once you’ve made the pledge, it’s easy to gather up all the information you need to make the switch in the way that suits you best.

“We’ll redirect you to a government website that gives you the information on how you can get renewable energy, and obviously that’s broken up into whether you’re a renter, home owner, in a freestanding house or a block of apartments,” says Hamish. “We’re not recommending one option, we’re just sending you to a couple of sites where you can get a bit of background.”

This year Earth Hour is on Saturday 23 March, starting as usual at 8:30pm. To make the pledge click here, and to register or find the Earth Hour event closest to you click here.