On Saturday 26th March 2011 at 8.30 p.m., lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour, which started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when individuals and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

Earh HourFor the 3rd consecutive year, Gozo will join the rest of the world and will switch off the Citadel lights together with those illuminating the Banca Giuratale in Victoria Gozo.

One way to slow the current rate of global warming and climate change is for individuals to make small adjustments to the way they live.  The aim of this initiative is to get as many individuals, households and businesses as possible, to turn off their lights as a symbolic statement about the greatest contributor to climate change.  This hour is also being held to educate the community on the threat of global warming and about what each individual can do to make a difference in their day-to-day activities to reduce their emissions.

If the commercial sector turns off lights when buildings aren’t in use and combines this action with other cost effective technology, they could reduce lighting emissions significantly, and would save millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.  Moreover, each individual has to understand that electricity consumption is a direct contributor to global warming and that small actions by every individual can make a big difference.  If all households simply turned off unused lighting and appliances on standby at the power point, it would also reduce millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas per annum.

Further information regarding this initiative can be obatined from the website