The University of Sydney supports 'Earth Hour' 2013

19 March 2013

On Saturday 23 March, the University of Sydney will join hundreds of millions of people across the globe to switch off the lights for one hour, Earth Hour.

This global initiative aims to raise awareness about how we can positively affect climate change. By switching off your lights during Earth Hour we educate and raise awareness about how we can address climate change risks.

Now in its seventh year, Earth Hour began as an Australian initiative. Support for Earth Hour has multiplied over the years, with last year bringing in more than 7 million participants from a total of 152 countries globally.

As a proud supporter over the past five years, the University is once again backing Earth Hour and is encouraging the entire community to do their part by 'switching off' for an hour at 8.30pm to support a more sustainable world.

What can you do?

  • Switch off all unnecessary lighting and electrical equipment when you leave work for the last time before Earth Hour on Saturday 23 March.
  • 'Unplug', 'switch-off and star gaze during Earth Hour.
  • Get involved locally, by finding out what's happening for Earth Hour in your area. Why not encourage your neighbours, friends, families and colleagues to get involved too?
  • Consult Earth Hour's 'event toolkit' for ideas on how to plan your own Earth Hour event.
  • Use social media to spread the word.
  • Keep the momentum going beyond Earth Hour by continuing to turn off lights, computers, monitors, TVs and appliances when not in use.

More information on sustainability at the University:

Brigitte Bambridge, Campus Infrastructure Services, +61 2 9351 2091,