'Switch for Nature' this Earth Hour

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Did you know that Earth Hour actually started in Australia?

That's right, the global movement was started by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) right here in Sydney in 2007. Since then, some of the world’s biggest landmarks such as the Empire State Building, London Bridge and the Sydney Opera House have turned off their lights as a symbolic display of their commitment to the planet.

But joining in Earth Hour can be much more than symbolic, and this year the Earth Hour message is to make the #SwitchforNature to support Australia’s switch to a renewables-based economy. And what's the easiest way to do this? Install rooftop solar or purchase renewable energy through GreenPower.

GreenPower is renewable energy available for households and businesses through most energy retailers in Australia. To power your home or business with GreenPower, just get in touch with your energy retailer and ask for between 5% to 100% GreenPower electricity. It costs the average household around 1 dollar a day to purchase GreenPower and it is one of the most effective ways to reduce your home's or businesses' greenhouse gas emissions.

If you want to find out what else you can do this Earth Hour, check out these 10 Easy Ways You Can #SwitchforNature.

#SwitchforNature in Randwick

If you'd like to get involved in the local action this Earth Hour, check out some of our current programs we are running in Randwick City:

1. Plant with Us

Randwick Council is hosting a series of tree planting events aimed at increasing native and indigenous vegetation across our City, and the first event is this Friday 26 March. Book in for a tree planting session here.

2. PermaBees

Come gardening with us Friday mornings from 9:00am to 12:30pm and help us plant, weed, and compost. We break for morning tea together and socialise over lunch, you'll also share in the bounty of any harvest!  Register for PermaBees here.

3. Marine and Coastal Discovery Program

This year's marine and coastal activities program starts on April 6 and includes a range of affordable activities aimed at helping families and children of all ages discover for themselves our unique marine and coastal environment. Get your tickets here.

4. Sustainability Rebates

Council is supporting its local houses, units, and businesses through its sustainability rebates for rooftop solar, batteries, insulation, rainwater tanks and more! Check out the Community Sustainable page here.

You can find out more about our our other sustainability events here.

What will you do to #SwitchforNature this Earth Hour?

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