This year Earth Hour is having a big shake up. Instead of a 60-minute “lights out”, they’re launching a new initiative that will focus on protecting our Great Barrier Reef. It’s Earth Hour’s new long-term goal – and in the firing line will be developments to Australia’s oil and gas industries.
As in previous years, the main event will take place over one hour – however, this time Earth Hour will be hosting simultaneous screenings of a special documentary in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. The documentary will reveal the impacts of climate change on the reef – and how Australians can help save it. Earth Hour supporters are encouraged to host their own doco screenings for family, friends and neighbours.
The brains behind the new-look Earth Hour is the inspirational former Young Environmentalist of the Year, Anna Rose, who made headlines in 2012 after taking former finance minister Nick Minchin around the world for the ABC Documentary special I Can Change Your Mind on Climate.
Earth Hour 2014 will coincide with the release of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report represents the work of thousands of scientists and governments from 120 nations. Previously, the IPCC has painted a dire picture of the future of the Great Barrier Reef without strong action to cut carbon pollution globally.