Earth Hour was launched in Sydney in 2007 as a campaign of WWF-Australia, with 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses turning off their lights to show their support for action to tackle global warming.
This year, Earth Hour Australia is celebrating Australia’s wonderful fresh produce and the people who work so hard to produce it, while highlighting the need to solve global warming so future generations can enjoy the healthy food we have been so lucky to grow up with.
Aussie farmers are on the frontline of rising temperatures and more extreme weather - and 93% of the food we eat here is Australian grown. Global warming is already affecting the things we enjoy every day including the fresh and healthy food we eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If we don’t tackle global warming, we’re on track to import more food than we export by the end of the century - meaning higher prices and reduced quality. According to the Government’s Garnaut Review, the Murray Darling Basin - which supplies 40% of Australia’s food - is on track for agricultural decline of between 92-97% by the end of the century if we don’t tackle global warming.
The good news is that we have the all the solutions we need to move away from generating electricity by burning coal and gas - fossil fuels that make global warming worse.
Instead, we can take advantage of Australia’s abundant and affordable renewable energy sources. By switching to alternatives like solar and wind, we can cut carbon pollution and help protect the fresh food and farming communities that make our Aussie lifestyle so great.
Get involved in Earth Hour Australia at www.earthhour.org.au.