This Saturday 28 March 2015 at 8:30 pm local time, thousands of Australians will turn out their lights to show their support for action against global warming.
Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 as a lights-out event to raise awareness about climate change. Since then, it has grown to a global movement in more than 162 countries – with environmental impact far beyond the symbolic, hour-long annual event.
By harnessing the power of a crowd, Earth Hour has played a key role in projects and campaigns with far-reaching environmental and social impact, including vital legislation changes. Last year, for example, Earth Hour Australia ran a campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef from the effects of climate change and coal and gas ports, including a stirring documentary called Lights Out For the Reef. In Russia, crowdfunders raised $106,000 to help protect critically endangered species including the snow leopard, Siberian tiger and polar bear. In Argentina, a senate bill was submitted to avoid passive consumption of gas – enough to power 800,000 homes for a year.
“Australian farmers are essential to our food culture. However, rising temperatures and more extreme weather events are affecting the homegrown produce we enjoy every day.”
This year, Earth Hour Australia will focus on our great Australian food and farmers. Australian farmers are essential to our food culture – they supply 93% of the food we eat, according to Earth Hour. However, rising temperatures and more extreme weather events are threatening these very farms, with flooding, drought, fires and changes in pests and weeds affecting the homegrown produce we enjoy every day.
To help spread awareness, some of Australia’s top chefs are getting behind the event. “Lights out” dining events are being held at top restaurants including Kylie Kwong’s new Potts Point restaurant Billy Kwong, Matt Moran’s Chiswick in Woolhara and Guy Grossi’s Melbourne restaurant Grossi Florentino, while Guy Turland and Mark Alston of Bondi Harvest will host a special “Nose to Tail” dinner in collaboration with free range pork farmers Matt and Sue Simmons.
If you’re feeling inspired to hold your own candlelit dinner, there’s help at hand. Planet to Plate: The Earth Hour Cookbook brings together 52 delicious recipes from Australia’s biggest culinary names, including Matt Preston, Neil Perry, Luke Mangan, Kylie Kwong, Guy Grossi, Darren Robertson, Colin Fassnidge, James Viles, Jill Dupleix, Miguel Maestre and more.
From appetisers through to desserts, the recipes are combined with first¬hand stories from Australian farmers highlighting the impact global warming is having on their farms and the availability of our favourite foods grown here in Australia.
Earth Hour is on Saturday, 28 March 2015 at 8:30 pm local time. Find out more at earthhour.org.au